Kathleen G. Wilson has been appointed interim executive director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, according to a news release.

Wilson will serve as the organization's chief executive and oversee all aspects of management and operations including concert production, contracts, marketing, public relations, community relations, budget preparation, financial controls, human resources, staff supervision, fundraising, development, planning and board operations. She will report directly to the CSO Board of Directors.

Wilson has served as the CSO's principal harpist for the past 22 seasons. She has been a Charleston City Council member since 2006.

Wilson is also an elite international marathon swimmer who has completed the swimming triple crown (English Channel, Manhattan Island, San Pedro Channel).

She is the first South Carolinian to swim the English Channel, and the first female to complete the 22-mile crossing of the Santa Barbara Channel.

"Kathleen has a deep knowledge of the CSO, a passion for the mission of the orchestra, proven performance as a community leader, and the proven ability to get things done," Ted Legasey, CSO President said in a news release.

"Kathleen's development as an emerging leader has been underway for some time," said Maestro David Stahl. "I believe her passion and commitment to the orchestra will ensure both its artistic and financial success."

Wilson replaces Executive Director Jan Newcomb, who joined the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in October 2007 and retired in April.

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is the largest professional orchestra in South Carolina. It is in its 74th year of continuous operation.