The North Carolina Glass Center announces new executive director

Press release from the North Carolina Glass Center:

The North Carolina Glass Center is pleased to announce its next Executive Director, Janice Gouldthorpe. Janice previously served as Executive Director of Flower City Arts Center in Rochester, NY. In her 15 years at Flower City, she worked with the board of directors, staff and volunteers to achieve focus, inspire action, and position the organization as a leader in the visual arts. Janice grew their endowment from zero to over $3.5M and secured over $500K for capital improvements including handicapped accessibility.

Selected amongst a huge pool of candidates, Janice immediately stood out in each interview stage applying her wealth of experience to perceived challenges at the glass center. Janice demonstrates focus and commitment to serving the center and weaving herself into the community. We’re certain she will be an asset to the NC Glass Center and the greater community.
– Board Member and Chair of the Hiring Committee, Terri Sigler (pronouns: she/her/hers)

From 1980 to 2004, Janice worked for Eastman Kodak Company. She had many roles at Kodak; including Team Leader, Product and Development Engineer, and Human Resources Manager, which helped to develop her skills in supervision, human resources and team leadership. Janice’s time at Kodak helped prepare her for a role of leadership in the arts.

Janice will work closely alongside the staff and board to create a clear vision for the future of NCGC. She will also help increase NCGC’s capacity to serve our neighbors in the River Arts District and underserved members of our Western NC community, helping foster love for the arts, build stronger community bonds, and invest in the future of our region.

I am honored to be selected to lead the North Carolina Glass Center. The programs and services of the Glass Center are a cornerstone of the arts community in Asheville. I believe in the power of art to transform and uplift communities and I look forward to working with the board and staff to fulfill the mission of the Glass Center.
– Janice Gouldthorpe

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