Jeff Young, who was named chief operating officer of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on Jan. 3, was named the president and CEO of the venue on Feb. 6.

Young replaces Jerry MacDonald, who announced he would retire this year.

In a news release, the Pavilion's board of directors announced Young was unanimously named president and CEO effective March 1. Young will will oversee the Pavilion's strategic vision, according to the release.

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“Jeff brings a wealth of knowledge and skills with his 34 years of tenure at the Pavilion,” said Roger Nicholson, chair 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.”

“I am excited about the opportunity to collaborate with our incredible team to build on the success of the venue,” Young said. “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.”

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Young has worked with The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion since the facility opened in 1990 in positions such as assistant facility manager, operations manager and vice president of operations.

According to the release, he has been part of all of the facility's expansion and renovation programs as it expanded from a 10,000-seat venue to one with more than 16,000 seats.

He has lived in The Woodlands since 1985 and is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology with a minor in economics, according to the release. He lives in The Woodlands with his wife, Melissa, and two sons, Liam and Luke.

The Pavilion will reopen for the concert season in April, with a wine dinner and auction also scheduled in March.