Wilson Center CEO Sprangers announces retirement

By Freeman Staff

Dec. 6, 2017

Lynn Sprangers
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BROOKFIELD — Lynn Sprangers, CEO and president of the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, will retire at the end of the year.

Sprangers, who joined the Wilson Center in the summer of 2016, will step down Dec. 31, which she said she decided to do after the death of her brother earlier this year.

“My brother Henry lived with a significant developmental disability and, while his life was much too short, it was filled by love and care of so many. His death hit close to home for me and was a reminder of the fragility of life. My family wants to determine a means by which we can honor his memory and I am going to be a part of it. We are looking to memorialize his too-short life, support the people who contributed to his care, and advocate for people like Henry who cannot speak for themselves,” she said in a statement.

Sprangers came to Milwaukee in 1983, joining the WTMJ-TV news team. After nearly 20 years in broadcast journalism, in 1994, she worked as director of communications in the Milwaukee County Executive’s Office. In 2000, she joined the Milwaukee Brewers front office where she spent 10 years growing the club’s charitable arm. She was an executive at Mount Mary University from 2011-16 before taking on her current role at the Wilson Center.

“Lynn helped tell our story and expanded our reach to more people in the community, especially the life-changing impact of our arts education program for thousands of area children,” said Fred Syrjanen, chairman of the Wilson Center Board of Directors. “She also worked closely with the board and our finance committee to reshape a budget that will put the Center on a stronger fiscal path. We thank her for her service and celebrate her retirement.”

The board has named Megan Huse, vice president of development, as interim Executive Director. She has more than a decade of development/ fundraising experience, including six years at the Wilson Center.