Hartford Seminary Welcomes New Chief Business Officer

Hartford Seminary has a new Chief Business Officer, Michael Sandner, who is responsible for the fiscal oversight of the institution.

Prior to arriving at Hartford Seminary, Sandner served as Director of Finance for Hartford Stage Company and Managing Director of Adventure Theatre, the longest running professional children’s theatre in the Washington DC metropolitan area, where he also directed their production of The Hobbit.  Sandner has held numerous positions at several non-profit arts organizations, such as Director of Finance and Individual Giving at Cathedral Choral Society and Finance/Operations/Business Manager and Institutional Giving/Government Affairs Manager at Olney Theatre Center for the Arts.

Sandner currently serves on the board of Connecticut Association of Nonprofits as its Treasurer and sits on the Strategic Planning Committee.  He has also served on the Boards of Maryland Non-Profits, the Montgomery County Recreation Advisory Board, and Silver Spring Stage, for which he directed several productions including Die! Mommie! Die!; Come Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean; Dimly Perceived Threats to the System; The Shape of Things; and Ravenscroft, among others.

Sandner has served on grant panels for the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County.  Michael received his BS in Finance (minor in Political Science & Theatre Directing) from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and obtained his Juris Doctorate from Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law.  Sandner is a licensed attorney in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia.  Sandner is also a certified spinning and group exercise instructor and currently teaches eleven classes a week. Sandner also horseback rides and has placed in several competitions. He resides in Rocky Hill, CT, with his partner and his two dogs, Nessa and Buddy.

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