Arts Greensboro Announces Leadership Transition as Thomas Philion announces retirement
Greensboro, N.C., May 11, 2018 — Today, ArtsGreensboro president and CEO Thomas Philion announced his plans to retire following this year’s North Carolina Folk Festival. Philion will serve as Senior Advisor until he officially retires on September 10, 2018. In the interim, the Board of Directors has appointed Amy Grossmann as interim president and CEO effective July 1, to begin the leadership transition.
ArtsGreensboro president and CEO Thomas Philion to retire following this year’s
North Carolina Folk Festival.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, Chairman Larry Czarda expressed deep appreciation for Tom’s leadership and contributions in the last eight years. Czarda said “Tom has elevated Arts Greensboro’s role as a catalyst for the entire arts community with collaborations that have had huge benefits for our City, County and Region.”
Czarda further welcomed Amy Grossmann to her new role of interim president and CEO. Amy relocated to Greensboro three years ago following a national search. “Amy’s proven leadership and experience make her the obvious choice to take the helm of ArtsGreensboro in this transition, and she is well-equipped to maintain continuity in the organization,” noted Czarda.
After consulting with the ArtsGreensboro Board and significant stakeholders, Czarda will name a committee of community leaders to begin work immediately in the search for the new CEO.
Grossmann said, “I look forward to working with the Board, our arts agency partners, the City and all our donors and sponsors who are committed to supporting a robust, diverse arts community that will make Greensboro an exciting destination to live, learn, work and play. As we all know, the arts landscape is ever-changing. This can be challenging at times, but also provides opportunities for all of us to respond and adapt to evolving community and stakeholder priorities. ”
Philion acknowledged the tremendous support of the ArtsGreensboro staff, Board and community in harnessing the area’s talents and creative energies that are making Greensboro a vibrant arts and culture destination with an annual economic impact of more than $162 million. “I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish working together on behalf of the community and the arts. I look forward to continuing to support that success and Amy in my new role,” Philion said.
About ArtsGreensboro: As it has been for more than 50 years, ArtsGreensboro is an arts council and catalyst for connecting the community and building recognition and support for the arts. Through its annual community-wide Campaign for the Arts, it supports more than 50 arts organizations, projects, artists and schools annually. In addition, ArtsGreensboro hosts events and manages facilities – from the North Carolina Folk Festival and Sternberger Artists Center (Summit Avenue), to the collaborative 17DAYS Arts Festival, and the innovative Van Dyke Performance Space. Through all these activities, ArtsGreensboro drives the health and vitality of our community by supporting arts education, celebrating the diversity of Greensboro, and driving economic impact through excellence in arts programming. artsgreensboro.or