Kay Perkins, Chairman
Alfred Sikes, Vice Chairman
Carolyn Williams, Secretary
Robert Lonergan, Treasurer
Tom D. Seip
J. T. Smith
Joan W. Cox
Richard C. Granville
Paul W. Makosky
Paul C. Wilson
Arnold L. Lehman
Earl ‘Rusty’ Powell
Wrapping up the Academy Art Museum’s 2015 fiscal and program year, my Board perspective relates to the mighty accomplishments our volunteer Trustees have achieved in the absence of an Executive Director from August first through January 31st and throughout the remainder of the year. As I indicated in my initial report as interim director, strongly supported by officers Al Sikes, Bob Lonergan and Carolyn Williams; the Board doubled down to keep the Museum running smoothly despite the void at the top thanks to Trustee commitment, stability and perseverance. We extend special gratitude to all of you, our members, volunteers and donors who, together with staff, worked as a team for a seamless transition.
The two most important responsibilities of a Board of Trustees are 1) to hire the Director and 2) to guarantee financial stability and sound fiscal planning for the institution. These two responsibilities were carried out with the utmost care, thoughtful planning
and extensive volunteer expertise by those charged with these responsibilities. The Search Committee, Richard Granville, Rodanthe Hanrahan, Al Sikes, J. T. Smith, Carolyn Williams and Timothy Wyman as Chair, conducted a thoughtful and thorough professional search leading to the successful appointment of Dennis McFadden who assumed the Directorship of the Museum February 1st.
The Finance Committee, chaired by Bob Lonergan with members Rodanthe Hanrahan, Frank Kittredge, Pat Roche and Paul Wilson, developed new policies, while adhering to thoughtful stewardship, and brought information to the Board for financial decisions covering a broad spectrum of Museum activities.
Tom Seip, Chair of the Investment/Endowment Committee, working with liaisons from Finance, developed new Endowment policies and worked with our investment advisors to achieve consistent growth in our Endowment which stands at $3.8 million.
The Craft Show, “Get Back to Your Roots,” chaired by Holly Fine with leadership of volunteers David Tuthill, Helen Poore, Lisa Gritti, among a cadre of others, was a turning point in the design and artistry of this popular show and is well on its way with next October’s event “Blown Away.”
Following two exceptional Spring Galas chaired by Judy Stansbury which set new standards of achievement, Buffy Linehan took on this year’s event achieving even higher goals with the theme inspired by Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday celebration. Many of you supported and attended “Come Fly with Us,” the spectacular evening at Gross Coate, and filled the dance floor. Thank you Tricia and Frank Saul!
Juneteenth, once again chaired for the Museum by Rick Scobey, succeeded in further bringing our community together for greater artistic adventures and opportunities for all.
Tremendous work continues to be done by the Building Committee led for four years by Al Sikes with Warren Cox, Joyce Doehler, Kathy Gilson, Frank Kittredge, Brendan
O’Neill and Paul Wilson. The sale of 116 S. Harrison Street closed a chapter for possible expansion with impenetrable use restrictions. This decision led to selection of the Baltimore architectural firm Zigner/Snead to design the Courtyard enclosure, the only remaining space for expansion on our footprint, as the centerpiece of a campaign to address the vision and future needs of the Academy Art Museum.
Kathy Gilson has multitasked with Greens and Grounds, Building Committee, special events and many more, culminating in chairing the Nominating Committee for the past several years to guarantee smooth Board transitions with a continual influx of capable and enthusiastic new Trustees.
Notably, it is my joy to express my sincere gratitude to five Trustees, who with me, are completing our final terms of office the end of August. The dedication and selfless commitment of these volunteers are exemplary. Please join me in thanking Kathy Gilson, Rick Scobey, Tom Seip, Al Sikes and Judy Stansbury for six or more years of incomparable service to enhance the cultural center on the Eastern Shore.
Kay Perkins, Chairman, Board of Trustees.