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.
Representing the Students
Joseph Blankinship is UNCSA's Student Government Association President for 2013- 2014. He is currently a fourth-year student studying for his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Filmmaking, concentrating in cinematography. Joseph has enjoyed working within the school of film as a film ambassador, and also serving as treasurer for the film school's student government. He served on the UNCSA Tuition and Fees Committee for 2012-2013, and is currently serving on the Strategic Planning Committee.
As UNCSA's Student Body President, Blankinship serves as a delegate to UNC's Association of Student Governments and the UNCSA Board of Trustees. Joseph enjoys working with his current SGA executive team which represents all five arts schools. Upon graduating, Joseph, plans to head to Los Angles and continue working as a camera assistant and pursue camera operating on feature films.
Representing the Faculty
Betsy Towns, current Chair of Faculty Council, teaches UNCSA’s surveys of art history from prehistory to contemporary, and offers courses on Modern Art, Animal Representation, Art of the African Diaspora, and Contemporary Art. Dr. Towns completed undergraduate work in English and Studio Art at UNC-Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar. She earned her Ph.D. at UNC in 2007 as a Pogue Scholar. Her career combines art historical research, studio art practice, and teaching in equal measures. Current writing projects include a book-length work on Martin Johnson Heade's Hummingbird Paintings, an article on Alphabet Books of Ornithology, and a essay investigating of the role of birds in African American art, each of which unravel the inescapable and nonsensical ways that we classify knowledge.
Dr. Towns also works as a sculptor and public artist. Her current project, "Reconstructing Childhood," sets ceramic actors into playground spaces, investigating connections between the natural world, poetry, narrative, and play. Recent grants include master planning and design of a multi-million-dollar children’s outdoor learning center at the North Carolina Zoo, a UNC Teaching and Learning Technologies Grant, and two Charlotte Arts and Science Council grants for public sculpture.
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.
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
will begin her 23rd season with the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Kay began her career with UNCSA working part-time in the Stevens Center Box Office. Shortly thereafter she worked as House Manager and became a full-time employee. For the past five years, Kay has served as Assistant Facility Manager for the Stevens Center. One of hers proudest accomplishments at UNCSA, was the four years she served as General Manager for the UNCSA Summer Performance Festival in Manteo, NC.
Kay is a past Chair UNCSA’s Staff Council and has served as a representative on the UNC Staff Assembly. In 2011, Kay was awarded UNCSA’s Staff Outstanding Service Award and has faithfully served on numerous committees at UNCSA.
Kay has two daughters and two granddaughters whom always make her “heart happy”.
Dr. David English joined UNC School of the Arts in April 2010, and currently serves as Vice Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs. He is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Office of Academic Affairs, is responsible for institutional accreditation and serves as the institution's SACS liaison, the institution's Chief Research Officer (CRO), and oversees the offices of Academic Planning and Institutional Research, Educational Outreach and Summer Programs, Faculty Affairs, and the Teaching and Learning Center. His research focuses on issues of college choice, graduate school choice, student debt, and outcomes of baccalaureate education.
He previously worked at The University of North Carolina - General Administration, where he directed the state-wide college access program CFNC.org, and at Appalachian State University where he served as an Assistant Director of Admissions. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Research and Policy Analysis from North Carolina State University. He previously earned a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from Appalachian State University.
Representing the Alumni
He is married to P.J. Williams and they have two children, Michael (Toni) and Valarie; one grandson, Justin; and one granddaughter, Laney.
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.
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 UNCSA Foundation
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.
Frank Lord, III. is a 1963 graduate of Wake Forest University and spent the majority of his career as chief financial officer for two separate family owned groups of textile companies. The last ten years of his career were spent as a principal of Arbor Investment Advisors, a locally owned wealth management company.
Frank completed two terms on the Board of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Foundation and served as President and Treasurer. He has been nominated to rejoin the Board in September. He is also a former Board member and Treasurer of the Winston-Salem State University Foundation and has served on the boards of other local not-for-profit organizations.
He and his wife Kay have lived in Winston-Salem since graduating from Wake Forest. They have two boys and three grandchildren.
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.
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.
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
Joan Roggenkamp is executive assistant to the Chief Operating Officer at UNCSA, where she has been employed since 2005. Before joining UNCSA, she was employed at R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company working in Sports Marketing Enterprises/Marketing/Marketing Research Departments. She is a long-time member of International Association of Administrative Professionals, and the American Society of Administrative Professionals.