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Interim Chancellor James Moeser taps Jim DeCristo as Interim CAO

WINSTON-SALEM – Mark Hough, who served as chief advancement officer since former Chancellor John Mauceri appointed him in September 2012, has left the school to pursue other opportunities.

“I love the school and always will. After all, once a Pickle, always a Pickle,” Hough said, referencing UNCSA’s mascot, the Fighting Pickle. “But the time has come for me to move on.

“Positive change is good for the school,” he added.

“I am sorry to lose Mark, but I must accept his decision,” said Interim Chancellor James Moeser. “We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.” 

Hough was the first alumnus to be part of the school’s senior administration. He received his B.F.A. in Acting from the School of Drama in 1979.

He came to UNCSA from the Orlando Ballet in Florida, where he was executive director. He also was president of Hough and Associates, a management, board development, presenting and fund-raising consulting business serving nonprofit organizations.

Before joining Orlando Ballet, he was executive director of Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, an internationally renowned, award-winning Equity theatre company in Cape Cod, Mass. Other of his positions have included president and chief executive officer of the State Theatre in New Brunswick, N.J.; chief development officer at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York; director of development at Manhattan Theatre Club, the fourth largest theatre in the United States; and director of development operations for American Ballet Theatre, considered to be America’s greatest dance company, in New York.

Moeser said his goal is to find suitable advancement professionals in time for the school’s new chancellor to make a decision when he or she comes on board, hopefully this summer. He said he anticipates using a search firm to identify potential candidates.

“One of the chief duties of the new chancellor will be fund-raising, so the new chief advancement officer must be a close partner,” Moeser said. “It makes sense that the final choice should be up to the new chancellor.”

In the meantime, Moeser has tapped Director of Economic Development and External Affairs Jim DeCristo as the university’s interim chief advancement officer. DeCristo currently serves as co-chair of UNCSA’s Strategic Planning Steering Committee and as co-chair of UNCSA’s 50th Anniversary Committee.

DeCristo joined the School of the Arts in 2005. His primary responsibilities include: federal, state and community relations; economic development; and sponsored programs and research. Prior to joining UNCSA, he was active in economic development as a technology development and commercialization specialist with the Small Business and Technology Development Center at Winston-Salem State University. DeCristo holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in dance, design and production, drama, filmmaking, and music. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.