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Kris Sabel, Executive Director

IMG_1146Kris Sabel began as the Vail Symposium Executive Director on September 1, 2016. Most recently Sabel served as the Executive Director for the Vilar Performing Arts Center for 15 years. Originally form Port Washington, Wisc., Sabel completed his education with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo. and a Master of Arts from the University of Missouri. He has resided locally since August of 1999.

He first became familiar with the Vail Symposium when the Symposium hosted the Festival of Words, the Toronto Film Festival, a program with Ayaan Hirsi Ali and others at the VPAC.  He has also worked with the Symposium to moderate discussions on select arts programs.

Sabel’s wife, Ruth Johnson, is the President and CEO of Roundup River Ranch. Outside of work, Sabel enjoys hiking and skiing, spending time with his family, reading, listening to music and watching quality programming like Masterpiece Theatre.