Mr. Smith bested a field of more than 100 highly qualified competitors and has thirty years’ experience in the nonprofit arts sector, twenty of them as chief executive. His focus is to raise arts organizations to a higher level of programmatic service, public recognition and financial stability, while continually broadening their network of advocates.
As board President Tina Walls said, “It was a rigorous search by a very dedicated committee, but Greg’s passion for the arts and his wide-ranging experience in arts education, management and fundraising made him an outstanding choice for taking VCCA to the next level of its growth.”
As most of you know, our current executive director, Suny Monk, is retiring on October 17 after fourteen years of excellent service and dedication. “Suny’s built such a solid and inspiring foundation for her successor to build on,” said Mr. Smith, “that taking on this new role is doubly an honor and a pleasure. I am extremely excited to be named the new executive director of VCCA, an organization with such stature of service to artists over the past forty years and potential for continued greatness in the coming years. VCCA’s mission, the high caliber of artists drawn to it as Fellows, the devoted and hard-working board and staff members, and the stunningly beautiful location--all of these factors make me thankful for my new professional role.”
Greg will be moving here from Cincinnati, Ohio, to begin work on October 1.