He has previously worked with the Beech Acres Parenting Center and Cincinnati Museum Center in Cincinnati, spent five years working in Kenya and served six years as a professor at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. In addition to earning his Ph.D. in the History of Christianity with a minor in Islam from the University of Chicago, he is an amateur classical pianist, a “ham” radio operator and an avid sailor and kayaker. His wife, Mary Kay Rehard, an arts devotee, is a clinical social worker and trauma psychotherapist in Dayton.
“I am grateful and excited to collaborate with three remarkable artistic directors, three excellent ensembles, expansive education programs, and a focused and committed board,” Nugent said in a release. “I believe Dayton can become a national beacon as a community that supports wide and deep access to the performing arts for everyone in our community, regardless of cultural background or economic resources.”