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Aug. 30, 2012/For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Marla Carpenter, 770-3337, carpem@uncsa.edu



WINSTON-SALEM – Chancellor John Mauceri today announced alumnus Mark Hough will become the next Chief Advancement Officer at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). The appointment is effective Sept. 24.

Hough, who received his B.F.A. in Acting from the School of Drama in 1979, is currently Executive Director of the Orlando Ballet in Florida and President of Hough and Associates, a full-range management, board development, presenting and fund-raising consulting business serving nonprofit organizations throughout the world.

“Mark has more than 20 years of experience in executive leadership at some of our country’s most cherished cultural and educational institutions,” said Chancellor Mauceri. “His career has encompassed service as a performer, teacher, consultant, director, board member and fund-raiser.

“But more than that, he has always placed an emphasis on connecting patrons to performance and helping them understand the impact and value of their support,” Mauceri continued. “He ‘gets’ what we do and why we do it, because he has done it all of his life.

“Since coming here in 2006, we have worked hard to increase alumni participation in the life of our school, adding significant representation on our Board of Trustees and establishing alumni hubs in New York, L.A., Chicago and D.C., so I am extremely pleased that the right person for this job is an alumnus,” Mauceri concluded.

Hough said: “I have worked with artists all my professional life and I understand the ties and passions that bind us together. Yet I have also experienced philanthropy at the highest professional levels, through the lens of some exemplary programs.

“UNCSA is unique in so many ways, including the fact that its entire alumni base is comprised of artists and artist technicians,” Hough continued. “Whether or not we are still practicing our crafts or if we are earning a living in other endeavors, we all shared our formative years at the school, and our lives and personalities were shaped by the arts and other artists.

“I look forward to returning to my alma mater and contributing to its ongoing success as part of Chancellor Mauceri’s team. After all, once a Pickle, always a Pickle,” Hough concluded, referencing UNCSA’s mascot, the Fighting Pickle.

Before joining Orlando Ballet, Hough was Executive Director of Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, an internationally renowned, award-winning Equity theatre company in Cape Cod, Mass.

Prior to opening his own consulting business, Hough was President and Chief Executive Officer of the State Theatre in New Brunswick, N.J. As CEO, he was responsible for overseeing all operations of the theatre including fund raising, board development, programming, finances, education, marketing, and public relations. He was also responsible for both the management and artistic tone of the institution.

Before joining the State Theatre, Hough was Chief Development Officer at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York, N.Y., where he was in charge of all annual, capital and art acquisition fund raising, board development, and long-range planning. Overseeing a staff of 22, he was responsible for more than $18 million in contributed income annually as well as funds for endowment and permanent collection acquisition.

Prior to the Whitney, Hough was the Director of Development at Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC), the fourth largest theatre in the United States, which produces a season of plays on and off-Broadway. In his eight years with MTC, contributed income went from just under $2 million per year to more than $6 million per year.

Hough also served as Director of Development Operations for American Ballet Theatre, considered to be America’s greatest dance company, in New York, N.Y. Other of his positions have included Executive Director of the Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill, N.Y., and Managing Director of the David Gordon/Pick Up Company in New York, N.Y.  In addition, he has produced dance and theatre internationally.

Hough has served as adjunct professor in fund raising, marketing and arts management at the Yale School of Drama, New York University, Christopher Newport University, and Seton Hall University. He has lectured at Brooklyn College, the New School, and the State University of New York at Purchase.

Hough graduated from The Gunnery School in Washington, Conn. In addition to receiving his B.F.A. from the School of the Arts, Hough has completed studies toward an M.F.A. in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College.

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 music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. 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. World-renowned conductor and educator John Mauceri became Chancellor of UNCSA in 2006. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.

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