Jeff Young Named President & Chief Executive Officer for The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS — After an extensive nationwide search and an outstanding pool of candidates, the Board of Directors for The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion has unanimously named Jeff Young as President and Chief Executive Officer effective March 1, 2024.  Young, who has most recently served as Chief Operating Officer for the venue, will oversee the strategic vision for The Pavilion as well as ensure the overall success of the organization.  

“Jeff brings a wealth of knowledge and skills with his 34 years of tenure at The Pavilion,” says Roger Nicholson, Chairman of The Pavilion’s Board of Directors. “He has already formed exceptional relationships with the community, local government and key strategic partners. Jeff is poised to drive our missional expansion endeavors to share the arts with our community and beyond.”

Young has built his career at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion since the gates first opened in 1990. He has held positions from Assistant Facility Manager to Operations Manager and Vice President of Operations. He is one of the few Pavilion employees to have a hand in every expansion and renovation of the venue from the original 10,000 seat capacity to the 16,000+ capacity venue now.  

“I am excited about the opportunity to collaborate with our incredible team to build on the success of the venue,” said Young. “The Pavilion is a world-class facility, and it is a sincere honor to be at the helm while we work together to champion our commitment to the arts.”

A resident of The Woodlands since 1985, Young is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a minor in Economics.  Jeff and his wife Melissa live in The Woodlands with their two sons, Liam and Luke.

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Opened in 1990, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is part of The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization that provides diverse, high-quality performing arts events for the entertainment and enrichment of a broad regional audience. Through numerous educational and community outreach programs, The Pavilion is a catalyst for attracting new audiences to the performing arts and building strong ties between the arts and educational institutions.