Tim Lizura, former president of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, will serve as senior vice president of real estate and capital projects for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the theater announced Monday.
In the new position, Lizura will oversee the development of land owned by the Newark-based theater. He will report to John Schreiber, president and CEO of NJPAC.
Lizura spent 22 years at the NJEDA, most recently as president and chief operating officer for the organization.
During his time at the helm of the organization, Lizura was involved in a number of Newark-based projects, including Teachers Village and Broad Street’s Prudential tower.
The NJEDA was also a key player in facilitating Center Street’s One Theater Square being built on land owned by NJPAC.
“Newark’s economic development has been a focus of our mission since the idea of an urban performing arts center was conceived three decades ago by Gov. [Tom] Kean and [philanthropist] Ray Chambers,” Schreiber said in a prepared statement. “Tim’s extensive experience guiding real estate development through public/private partnerships is just what is needed to enhance NJPAC’s role in the ongoing revitalization of the city, as well as ready us to explore opportunities to expand the Arts Center’s impact throughout the region.”
Prior to his time at the NJEDA, Lizura served as director of the World Trade Center Redevelopment Department for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.