CHANCELLOR SEARCH COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Rob King is CEO of Bob King Automotive Group, a franchised automobile dealer holding Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, and Mitsubishi franchises. King is currently President of the Mazda National Advisory Dealer Council representing 600 Mazda dealers in areas of governance and factory relationships. King most recently served on the Mitsubishi National Dealer Advisory Council, one of five dealers appointed to represent 400 automobile dealers. King has also completed service on the Hyundai National Dealer Council and KIA National Advisory Board.
King serves on Zurich Insurance North America Customer Council representing auto dealerships throughout North America.
King has completed two terms on t University of North Carolina School of the Arts Foundation, Inc. board. He served a 2 ½ year term as President of the UNCSA Foundation, as well as the UNCSA Foundation Board liaison to the Board of Trustees, serving on the Audit and Advancement Committees. King has served on the Chancellor’s Search Committee and the Chief Advancement Officer’s Search Committee. King currently is the Vice Chair for the UNCSA Board of Trustees. Prior to joining the BOT King served briefly on the Board of Visitors.
King and wife Robyn reside in Winston-Salem and have two children, including an alumna of UNCSA. Both children live in New York City.
Representing the Board of Trustees
Charlie Lucas is a native Charlottean, a 1980 graduate of Woodberry Forest School, and a 1984 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar. He attended Duke University School of Law where he served as Editor-in-Chief of The Alaska Law Review and obtained his law degree in 1990. Lucas is currently general counsel for Elevation LLC, an institutional broker dealer based in Charlotte. Prior to joining Elevation, he was a partner with The McAulay Firm, a retained executive search firm based in Charlotte. In addition to his professional work, Lucas is active in civic and community affairs. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of UNCSA and has served as Chair for the last four years. He also serves as a trustee of The Duke Endowment, a member of the Board of Visitors of Duke Law School, a member of the Board of Advisors of the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts, and a member of the Board of Advisors of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a former member of the Board of Visitors at UNC-Chapel Hill and has served as a trustee and/or director of Woodberry Forest School, the Mint Museum of Art, Communities in Schools and several other not-for-profit organizations. Lucas previously served on the UNCSA Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2005.
Claire Christopher joined the UNCSA Board of Trustees in July 2007. She is a former member of the UNCSA Foundation Board, the Weatherspoon Arts Foundation Board on UNCG, an Emerita member of the North Carolina Botanical Garden Board and of the Reynolda House Museum of American Art Advisory Board.
Christopher received an Honorary Degree from UNCSA in 2006. She and husband, Hudnall, were Giannini Chairmen for four years and brought that membership to an historic high of 500 members. Wherever travels take Christopher she is an ambassador for UNCSA. She enjoys reading, writing, mountain gardening, the performing arts and the visual arts, her children and grandchildren.
She lives in Winston Salem with her husband, Hudnall Christopher.
Barbara Goodmon is president of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation. She graduated from St. Joseph's School of Nursing in Memphis, Tennessee in 1965. She is a 1994 graduate of Meredith College in Raleigh and completed the master of liberal studies program at North Carolina State University in 2000. She has served on a number of community boards and has brought a wealth of experience to the Fletcher Foundation. With primary interests in the field of human service, she has served as chairman of the Salvation Army, vice chairman of The Healing Place of Wake County, and chairman of Wake County Human Services. She has received the William Booth Award from the Salvation Army and was inducted into the Academy of Women of the Raleigh YWCA.
He is married to P.J. Williams and they have two children, Michael (Toni) and Valarie; one grandson, Justin; and one granddaughter, Laney.
John Williams is an alumnus of the School of Music at UNCSA where he was the first recipient of the Vittorio Giannini Music Award. He began his professional career at Wachovia Bank and recently retired as Vice President of Human Resources and Community Affairs from Allegacy Federal Credit Union in Winston-Salem. He also is a concert singer (bass baritone) and has performed in professional concerts throughout Western Europe and the Eastern United States.
He has serves on the board of the North Carolina Museum of Art. Williams has been a volunteer for the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization since 1999.
Representing the Students
Nicholas Correa is UNCSA’s Student Government Association president for the 2012-2013 academic year. He is currently a fourth-year student studying for his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sound design and engineering. During his time at UNCSA, Correa has had the opportunity to work with a Tony Award-winning Broadway sound designer on the all-school production of Oklahoma! He also worked with Disney and Broadway composer Alan Menken, who spoke at the 2011 Commencement ceremony.
As UNCSA’s student body president, Correa serves as a delegate on UNC’s Association of Student Governments. For the past three years, he has also served as a student mentor in the School of Design & Production and a student orientation leader working hard to improve the quality of college life on campus. Correa enjoys working with students on extracurricular activities including dance showcases, MLK Jr. Tribute and Project Love, a student-produced showcase that benefits charities in the community. This year he plans to continue his involvement on campus and in the community by working with Twin City Theatre, Triad Stage, Cape Fear Regional Theatre and Cirque du Soleil.
Representing the Faculty
Dale M. Pollock, a native of Cleveland, OH, received his B.A. from Brandeis University and his M.S. in Communications from San Jose State University. Pollock served for eight years as Dean of the School of Filmmaking at t University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he is now a professor in Cinema Studies and Producing. Pollock remains President of Peak Productions of Los Angeles, CA and Green Street Productions of Winston-Salem, NC. Pollock has produced 13 feature films, including HOUSE OF CARDS (in North Carolina), SET IT OFF, MRS. WINTERBOURNE, and BLAZE. Films he produced were nominated for four Academy Awards, and starred actors such as Paul Newman, Shirley MacLaine, Denzel Washington, Queen Latifah, Tommy Lee Jones and Kathleen Turner.
Bob Francesconi, was director and teacher at Columbia College; and teacher and actor with the Menagerie Mime Theater, touring and teaching nationally with Mr. James Donlon. He is also a consultant and master teacher in creative drama, improvisations, mime, mask and clowning. He was a guest teacher and artist at the International Mime Festival and Institute, 1974 and 1978. He was also a featured master teacher at the 1990 International Movement Symposium in Moscow, Russia. Mr. Francesconi has served as a consultant in gifted and talented arts education programs for the South Carolina Arts Commission and the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. He has taught master classes in mask and movement at the Nemirovich-Danchenko School-Studio of the Moscow Art Theatre, Moscow, Russia; Lunacharsky State University of Theatre Arts, Moscow, Russia; the Shchepkin Theatre School of Maly Dramatic Academy, Moscow, Russia; the Institute del Teatre, Barcelona, Spain; and the Singapore American School, Singapore. He has also served on the Institute of International Education's selection committee for Fulbright and foreign sponsored scholarship awards. Mr. Francesconi received his BA and MA Degrees from Humboldt State University, Arcata, California; where he trained with Yass Hakoshima, Carlo Mazzone-Clementi, Philip Mann and Richard Rothrock. He has been appointed to the Gerald Freedman Endowed Chair and has been recognized by the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts for Innovative Pedagogy.
Jamie Call Blankinship earned a B.F.A. in stage management from the UNCSA in 1981. She has worked as a stage manager for opera companies including San Francisco Opera, Spoleto Festival, U.S.A., The Washington Opera, and other regional companies around the country. Blankinship worked as executive producer on large corporate meetings and entertainment events for Jack Morton Company and Production Group International. She is a member of American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and Actor¹s Equity Association (AEA).
Jamie served on the Foundation Board and the Executive Committee of the Foundation Board. In 2007, she joined the UNCSA faculty in Design and Production where she continues to teach Stage Management.
Jamie and husband, Joe, are the proud parents of a current 3rd year Cinematography student in the School of Film at UNCSA.
Jonathan Milner has taught high school social studies since 1992. He currently teaches AP US Government and Civics and Economics to high school students at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. For the past twelve years, Jonathan has worked for the College Board, leading weeklong and one-day workshops throughout the United States. In 2005, Jonathan founded Global Scholars, an educational exchange program, bringing high school students together from the US, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Jonathan is the 2002 winner of the Marcellus Wadill Excellence in Teaching Award, and the 2003 recipient of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Teacher of the Year Award.
Representing the Staff
Nyambi R. Shannon, affectionately known as “Ambi”, is a fifth year employee at UNC School of the Arts. A true southern belle, Ambi was born and raised in the heart of Georgia. She graduated from Queens University of Charlotte May 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. Currently, she is enrolled in the Masters of Adult Education program at North Carolina A&T State University. Aggie Pride! Ambi serves as the High School Leadership & Outreach Coordinator and supervises Peer Leaders and commuter students. In addition to her responsibilities in Residence Life, Ambi serves as the Past Chair of the UNCSA Staff Council, UNC Staff Assembly delegate, and member of the UNC Staff Assembly Governance Committee. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and serves as Chair of Nominating Committee for the Rho Psi Omega Chapter. Ambi was inducted into the Golden Key International Honor Society May 2012. She continues to seek ways to improve the campus community with hopes of leaving a legacy at UNCSA. Go Fighting Pickles!
Dr. David English currently serves as Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies and has been with UNCSA since April 1, 2010. In his current role he is responsible for Graduate Studies, Enrollment Planning & Management, Summer Sessions, and other special projects on behalf of the Provost. Prior to joining UNCSA, David spent four years at The University of North Carolina, General Administration as the Director of CFNC Technology & Internet Services. He served as a member of the Academic & Student Affairs Senior Leadership Team, working closely with issues related to admissions, enrollment management, and transfer student policies. David previously served as Assistant Director of Admissions at Appalachian State University, focusing on issue of student recruitment and enrollment technologies.
David earned his Ph.D. in Educational Research & Policy Analysis at North Carolina State University. He also holds an M.A. in Higher Education Administration, a B.S. in Industrial Technology, and a B.S.B.A in Management and Computer Information Systems from Appalachian State University. He lives in Winston-Salem with his wife Shannon, an attorney.
Representing the Alumni
Mark Land of Winston Salem is currently a Vice President, in the Trust and Investment division of High Point Bank, responsible for new business development. Mark has more than 25 years of experience working with not-for-profit institutions and philanthropic individuals.
Mark was employed with Wachovia/Wells Fargo for twelve years, most recently as the Managing Director of the Wells Fargo Center for Planned Giving.
From 2004 to July 2007 Mark held the position of Philanthropic Advisor, providing consultative services for non-profit institutions and philanthropic individuals through Wachovia’s nationally based Financial Advisors. Prior to assuming his role as a Philanthropic Advisor in 2004, Mark was Charitable Advisor for the Triad Region of North Carolina, responsible for the overall management of a client list which included individual charitable trusts and institutional relationships.
Prior to joining Wachovia, he served as Senior Consultant with the fundraising firm Whitney Jones, Inc., working with not-for-profits throughout North Carolina.
Mark was Director of Alumni Relations at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, his alma mater, from 1991 - 1997. In addition, he served as Director of Individual Giving and Director of Development for the School of Filmmaking during UNCSA’s successful $25 million “Creating Our Future” capital campaign.
Mark was a student in the School of Dance (ballet) from 1976-78 and also danced with North Carolina Dance Theater.
Representing the UNCSA Foundation
Judith B. Watson of Winston-Salem has served on the UNCSA Foundation Board, and is currently President of the UNCSA Associates volunteer organization and Secretary of the UNCSA Board of Visitors.
Ralph Womble of Winston Salem, NC is a graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Art and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Babcock School of Management at Wake Forest University. Mr. Womble has extensive business ties in Winston Salem, including Hanes Dye & Finishing, Hanes Converting Company, Hanes Companies, and Leggett & Platt, Inc. where he ultimately retired in 2006. He has served faithfully on UNCSA’s BOT, Foundation Board, and Board of Visitors. Additional board service for Mr. Womble includes Winston Salem Alliance, Winston Salem Millennium Fund, Downtown Winston Salem Partnership, Downtown Arts District Association, River Run Festival, The Winston Salem Foundation, and numerous others.
Representing the Community
Lynn Eisenberg’s volunteer leadership has spanned service to local, regional and national organizations over the past 40+ years. Eisenberg’s roles at UNCSA include serving as President of the Associates (1983-84); serving as two term member of the Board of Trustees (1993-2001); and co-chairing the Giannini Society, with her husband, Barry, for four years (1996-2000). She has been on the UNCSA Board of Visitors since 2001, and in April 2013 will become the chair of the Board of Visitors.
She has served as co-chair of numerous fundraising and celebratory events and committees for UNCSA, including the Opening of the Stevens Center in 1982; the Opening of the Film School; the Tribute to Gerald Freedman; the galas for Brigadoon, West Side Story and Oklahoma.
She is the Co-Creator for ARCH (Artists Reaching Children in Hospitals)—a collaboration with UNCSA and Brenner Children’s Hospital—to entertain and foster the healing process for ill and recovering children.
In addition to Eisenberg’s involvement with UNCSA, she has served on many civic leadership boards, including the Brenner Children’s Hospital; the Winston-Salem Foundation Committee; Summit School; the Arts Council; the New Winston Museum; and she is a founder of the Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem. She has received the Giannini Award and an Honorary Doctorate from UNCSA; Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year from the North Carolina Triad Chapter of Philanthropists; Women of Vision Award from the YWCA; and the Bold and Smart Award from the Salvation Army Girl’s Club.
She resides with her husband, Barry Eisenberg, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Milton Rhodes grew up in North Charleston, South Carolina. He graduated from Wofford College in Spartanburg and then enrolled at New York University where he received the Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre Management degree. While a student at NYU, Rhodes served an internship with the Winston-Salem Symphony in the city where his wife Mattie, a flutist, had attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. In 1971, after service in the Army Finance Corps, he landed the job of Executive Director of The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. He was 26 at the time.
At The Arts Council he honed his fundraising skills and spearheaded projects that included a new home for The Arts Council and an adjacent 1,200 seat amphitheatre. After leaving Winston-Salem in the mid 1980s, Rhodes held some of the most prestigious and challenging positions in the American arts and cultural community, including managing the Spoleto Festival in Charleston and serving as President and CEO of the American Council for the Arts, now Americans for the Arts, based in New York City and Washington D.C. He returned to Winston-Salem in 2004 to again provide leadership for its Arts Council at a crucial time in its history.
He serves on the Creative Corridors Coalition Executive Committee and is Chair of the Downtown Partnership Foundation Board.
Along the way, Milton and Mattie had three sons and now have seven grandchildren.
J. D. Wilson is president and CEO of Excalibur Enterprises, Inc., a diversified marketing communications firm, based in Winston-Salem.
A longtime supporter of UNCSA, he is a two-term member of the Board of Trustees and is a member of its Board of Visitors, which he chaired for 9 years. He is a recipient of the Giannini Award and an Honorary Degree in Performing Arts, the first such degree to recognize the category of service. From 1994-1998, he and his wife, Janie, co-chaired the School’s first capital campaign, “Creating Our Future,” that exceeded its $25 million goal.
Currently he is chair emeritus of the Board of Visitors and a member of the Giannini Society, the Associates and the Founders Society.
In the Winston-Salem community he has served on search committees for UNCSA, Reynolda House, The Arts Council, Piedmont Craftsmen, and currently SciWorks Museum.
Tom Kenan was born in Durham, N.C. and received his B.A. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where his family has a long and enduring history of connections.
He is currently a vice chairman and director of Flagler System, Inc. He was formerly chairman of the board of Kenan Transport Company, a petroleum transport business, until the company’s sale in 2001.
In addition to his extensive business operations, Kenan is active with a number of civic and philanthropic organizations. He serves as a trustee or officer for the Kenan Family Foundation; William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust; William R. Kenan, Jr. Fund for the Arts; William Kenan, Jr. Fund; William R. Kenan, Jr. Fund for Engineering, Technology and Science; William R. Kenan, Jr. Fund for Ethics; Randleigh Foundation Trusts; Mary Duke Biddle Foundation; Semans Art Fund; Duke Endowment; UNC-CH’s Kenan-Flagler Business School Board of Visitors and Meadowmont Advisory Board (site of the business school’s Paul J. Rizzo Conference Center); and ARTS North Carolina. Mr. Kenan has recently been appointed as the Chairman of the Thomas S. Kenan Foundation (2007).
He has also been active with the National Trust for Historic Preservation; North Carolina Museum of Art and its foundation boards; North Carolina Dance Theatre; the Sarah Graham Kenan Foundation board; Flagler College (FL) President’s Council; Liberty Hall Restoration Committee, the Executive Mansion Fine Arts Commission; Durham Academy; Duke University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center; and Old Salem.
Kenan has been actively engaged in the life of UNCSA since the 1960s. A founder of UNCSA, he served on the Board of Trustees from 1969-85 and is now an honorary trustee. He was on the UNCSA Foundation board from 1974-90, and has been on the Board of Visitors since 1985. He is a member of the Giannini Society as well as the Founders Society. Kenan resides in Chapel Hill.
Executive Assistant to the Search Committee Chair
TaWanna Archia, has been employed at UNCSA since 2009. She currently serves as Executive Assistant to the Provost and Associate Provost. TaWanna has extensive experience serving on higher administration search committees. She is a native of Winston Salem, NC and a recent graduate of High Point University in the Master’s Degree Program in Nonprofit Management where she graduated with distinguished honors. TaWanna is a lifetime member of Psi Chi Honor Society and the proud mother of one son, John, who is pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree at UNC-Greensboro in Music Education.