Thursday 18 Jul 2019

Arts Board Hires New Executive Director

The Arts Council of Wayne County Board of Directors has announced that Georgia Dees has been hired as its executive director. Dees has served as interim executive director since August.

“In just six months under Georgia’s leadership, Arts Council programming has expanded and attendance at events has grown and diversified,” said board chair Alice Huneycutt. “Her knowledge of this county and the people who live here, combined with her marketing and communications skills, make her a great fit for leading this organization into its next chapter. We have received a tremendous amount of positive feedback since she’s been on board, and we are grateful that she has agreed to stay.”

“I appreciate the board entrusting me with this responsibility, and I appreciate the support they and our small but enthusiastic staff have given me,” said Ms. Dees. “Our Arts Council is such a treasure for Wayne County, and I want to see it grow so that we can better support our local artists and those who want to become artists. The arts offer such potential to positively influence the growth and success of this county, and this arts council has such a strong history. My goal is to expand our offerings for youth and children to help develop their interests, talents and skills. We’re going to be reaching out into the community more, partnering with others for good causes and welcoming more people into our fold.”

During the past six months, Ms. Dees has brought leadership from the state Arts Council to Goldsboro to meet with the board, met with Mount Olive and Fremont leaders to build ties in the southern and northern parts of the county, and is working to re-establish Goldsboro as the home of the North Carolina Jazz Showcase.

Ms. Dees worked previously as Director of Public Relations for Wayne UNC Health Care, and prior to that was Director of Marketing and Community Relations at The Pines of Goldsboro Assisted Living. She was Director of Public Affairs for the North Carolina Department of Commerce under the leadership of governors Jim Martin and Jim Hunt, and was also a member of the State Emergency Response Team. She was communications coordinator for what is now the North Carolina Bankers Association before joining state government and also has experience as a newspaper reporter and community college public information officer.

She graduated from the University of North Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and is also a proud alumna of Goldsboro High School. She has one son who is a senior at Wayne Country Day School.

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