From Anne B. Pope, Executive Director –
The TN Arts Commission is fortunate to be governed by a strong board of dedicated individuals. Each member is appointed by the Governor to serve a five-year term, and the Executive Committee rotates yearly by popular vote. At the quarterly Commission meeting on May 30, the Board unanimously voted on those who will fill the leadership positions for Fiscal Year 2019. They are Chair Steve Bailey, Vice Chair Andrea Loughry and Secretary Hank Dye.
Chair Steve Bailey was appointed for a five-year term to the Tennessee Arts Commission in 2014. Steve is on the board of the Knoxville Museum of Art. Having previously served as board chair, he is now chair of the Finance Committee and the Foundation Board. He is also active at St. John’s Cathedral in Knoxville, where he serves on the Chapter. A University of Tennessee-Knoxville graduate, Steve started his private business, Volunteer Lumber Sales, in 1979.
Vice Chair Andrea Loughry was appointed for a five-year term to the Tennessee Arts Commission in 2014. Andrea is Secretary of the Jones Foundation, serves on the Siegel Foundation Board and on the Board of Trustees for
The First United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro. She also currently chairs the Ned Ray McWherter Institute at UT Martin and is President Emeritus of Miller-Loughry-Beach, one of the largest insurance agencies in Middle Tennessee.
A graduate of The University of Tennessee, she taught for 10 years at MTSU and then opened an independent insurance agency. She later became the founding chair of the Mind2Marketplace, an organization dedicated to bringing the best and brightest ideas in Middle Tennessee to reality. Andrea is also former Vice-Chair of the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees and former Chair of the UT Foundation. She served as the first female chair of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce and has been selected as one of its Business Legends.
Hank Dye was appointed to a five-year term at the Commission by Governor Bill Haslam in 2015, representing District 2. A native of Portland, Tennessee and a 1963 journalism graduate of UT, Hank now resides in Townsend. Hank retired from the University of Tennessee in July 2012. He joined the University April 1, 2005, as Vice President for Public and Government Relations, following a 40-year public relations career in Nashville. His UT involvements include being a past member of the Athletics Board, the Development Council, the National Alumni Board of Governors, the Public Affairs Committee and the College of Communications Board of Visitors.
In 1980, he was one of three founding partners who started the Nashville public relations agency Dye, Van Mol & Lawrence. The agency became one of the 10 largest public relations agencies in the Southeast. He did communications work for brands including Jack Daniel’s, Martha White, Johnston & Murphy, Genesco, Inc., The Grand Ole Opry, Nestle Water, The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Economic and Community Development for the State of Tennessee, Saturn Corporation and numerous political campaigns.
He is past Chairman of the Nashville Sports Council and has previously served on the executive committee of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Board, the board of the Music City Bowl, the Advisory Board of Nashville YWCA, the board of Leadership Nashville Alumni and the executive committee of the board of Nashville Alliance for Public Education. He served as an elder at Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville. He is a Nashville Advertising Federation Silver Medalist. Hank currently serves as a member of the board for the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont.
We are all looking forward to what will be achieved for the arts in Tennessee during this upcoming year of new leadership.
On behalf of the staff, I would like to extend a warm and heartfelt thank you to the outgoing executive board: Chair Ritche Manley Bowden, Vice-Chair Steve Bailey and Secretary Andrea Loughry. With their leadership, the Commission accomplished many projects and goals.