Bill Porter Elected ArtsGreensboro Board Chair

ArtsGreensboro Board elects full slate of officers and several Board members at its June meeting

The ArtsGreensboro Board elected a new slate of officers at its June meeting for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

Bill Porter, who recently retired from Cone Health, was elected to a two-year term as Board Chair. Porter spent more than 40 years in senior advancement roles in Washington, D.C., and North Carolina, and established the first organized fundraising program and the first permanent endowment for Cone’s six-hospital system. Before that, Porter served as Vice Chancellor for Development and Public Relations for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Porter succeeds Florence Gatten, who served as Board Chair for nearly three years. During that time, ArtsGreensboro—as part of a consortium including the City of Greensboro, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Action Greensboro—was awarded the National Folk Festival’s first-ever three-year residency in North Carolina. Gatten also was instrumental in bringing the vision of local choreographer Jan Van Dyke to fruition by overseeing the creation and construction of the Van Dyke Performance Space, which will open at the Greensboro Cultural Center in the fall of 2016.

Other officers were elected to one-year terms, including:

  • Lawrence Czarda, Ph.D., President – Greensboro College: Vice Chair
  • Barbara Ruby, Partner – Smith Moore Leatherwood: Treasurer
  • Jill White, Associate – Womble Carlyle: Secretary

The Board elected a new member, Madison Carroll – Project Engineer for The Carroll Companies’ mixed-used Bellemeade Village project, which is being built downtown across from NewBridge Bank Park. Carroll will serve a three-year term as part of the Class of 2019, which also includes four returning Board members:

  • Rebecca Buffington, Board of Education member – Guilford County Schools
  • Laura Collins, Senior Manager – KPMG
  • Simonne Ritchy McClinton, Owner – M’Coul’s Public House
  • Denise Sumner, Financial Controller – VF Corporation