Last month, Barry Hughson became the executive director of the Atlanta Ballet, which has been without one since 2003.

Hughson comes to the organization with considerable experience as both an artist and arts administrator. As a dancer, he won awards performing the works of such choreographers as George Balanchine, Choo San Goh and Antony Tudor. After hanging up his tights, Hughson moved into arts management, leading a successful $12.5 million campaign to restore the historic Warner Theatre in Torrington, Conn. As the executive director of the American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School in New Brunswick, N.J., he introduced fund-raising and programming initiatives, and increased touring revenue.

“We have been challenged over the past few years, and this is a very exciting step for us as an organization,” says Artistic Director John McFall, who until recently also served as the organization’s chief executive officer. “I look forward to working collaboratively with Barry as a full partner as Atlanta Ballet continues to grow and thrive.”