Veteran Nonprofit Leader Can't Pass Up Role of a Lifetime

Reynold Levy was planning a simpler life when the offer came to run Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, in New York.

Rather than recuperate from the high-stress presidency of the International Rescue Committee, a worldwide refugee-relief group, Mr. Levy, who turns 58 next month, will oversee the cultural titan during one of its most sensitive times. Plans for a massive renovation have elicited strong responses -- some unfavorable -- from many of the 12 organizations that