SCAC welcomes new leadership team

By KATIE MCDOWELL/Lifestyles Editor

The Shelby County Arts Council named a new leadership team this week with former volunteer executive director and board president Terri Sullivan stepping into the newly created role of director of development.

Sullivan’s former position has been split into three new roles, and SCAC board members will fill those positions. Steve Flanagan will serve as board president, Kathy Copeland as volunteer executive director and Debbie Butterworth as chairwoman of the newly formed Grants/Development Committee.

Sullivan said talk about the new positions began several months ago.

“That’s when the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham awarded us a $100,000 grant over two years,” she said.

Sullivan said the board discussed many options, including hiring a consulting firm, for how to use the grant money, which was awarded to jumpstart a future capital campaign.

“We jointly decided I would resign as president and volunteer executive director and handle this new position,” she said.

As director of development, Sullivan will be responsible for developing community connections and encouraging contributions. Sullivan founded the SCAC in 2005 and served as president and volunteer executive director since then.

Sullivan said she is excited about Flanagan, Copeland and Butterworth taking on their new positions.

“I’m very excited that we have three great board members who are willing to jump in there and take on these tasks,” she said.

  •  As president, Flanagan will serve as a “visible and vocal support” for the SCAC, Sullivan said. He also will oversee fiscal decisions and encourage board members to take a more active role in the organization.
  •  Copeland, the executive director, will oversee the day-to-day decisions, including supplies, insurance and staffing. She also works to secure sponsorships for SCAC programs and events.
  •  As chairwoman of the Grants/Development Committee, Butterworth will be in charge of writing and overseeing the distribution of grants.

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