Richard Whittington joined UNCSA in 2019 as Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement, just as the university entered the public phase of Powering Creativity: The Campaign for UNCSA. He currently serves as Interim Vice Chancellor for Advancement.
In his role as Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement, Whittington has developed and implemented fundraising strategies, engaged with major donors and prospects and managed a team of major gift officers as well as specialists in annual giving, alumni relations, special events, communications, donor relations and other areas of philanthropy.
Prior to joining UNCSA, Whittington co-founded Triad Stage, a $2.5 million professional regional theatre, and served as its managing director for more than 20 years.
A veteran member of the state’s arts community, Whittington served for nine years on the board of the North Carolina Arts Council, where he participated as a member of the executive committee. He is a member of the board for the North Carolina Theatre Conference (NCTC) and has previously served on the boards of Arts NC and Downtown Greensboro, Inc. He has served on numerous grant panels, including panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and many throughout North Carolina.
Whittington was an artist-in-residence at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, taught theatre management at Greensboro College and North Carolina A&T State University, and has guest lectured at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, UNCSA, and Wake Forest University. A native of Dallas, he served as artistic administrator for the Dallas Theater Center and associate producer of Dallas’ The Big D Festival of the Unexpected. His experience also includes work at the Roundabout Theatre in New York and Stage West in Springfield, Mass.
Triad Stage awarded Whittington the 232 Award of Excellence upon his departure in 2019 and renamed the award in his honor.
M.F.A. Theatre ManagementYale
B.F.A. Acting and DirectingMarymount Manhattan College