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NCAC Director Announces Retirement

We received the following announcement yesterday from the North Carolina Arts Council.  Under Mary’s direction, the NCAC has been one of the Network’s best friends and staunchest supporters.  We wish Mary a long and fulfilling retirement, and thank her for her great service to the state.

Dear Colleagues,

On March 1, I will retire from what I’ve always believed to be the greatest job in the world. Thirty-nine years is probably long enough. I’ve had the unbelievable opportunity to work with the smartest, most creative and certainly most generous and committed people you could find anywhere. That includes my extraordinary staff, the great chairs and boards I have had, the Cultural Resources family, and all of you out there who have been our partners in making this great state even better through the arts. To have this job in a state I love has been such a privilege.

I’m not gone yet though, and I have a long list of things to accomplish before I leave. Certainly my replacement will arrive with an even longer list, and life in North Carolina will just get better and better.

Probably in November an announcement about my position will be posted on the state jobs website, The interview and selection process will likely begin in January with the goal of having someone in place by the time I leave.

Thank you for your many kindnesses to me and my staff over the years and for the really special things we have accomplished together.

Warmest regards,


About the North Carolina Arts Council

The North Carolina Arts Council works to make North Carolina The Creative State where a robust arts industry produces a creative economy, vibrant communities, children prepared for the 21st century and lives filled with discovery and learning. The Arts Council accomplishes this in partnership with artists and arts organizations, other organizations that use the arts to make their communities stronger and North Carolinians — young and old — who enjoy and participate in the arts. For more information visit

About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Arts Council is a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, which annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives.

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources serves as a champion for North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy. To learn more, visit