Executive director of Anderson Ranch, Wilhelms, stepping down
January 17, 2018
Nancy Wilhelms, who has been executive director at Anderson Ranch Arts Center since June 2013, is leaving the center at the end of 2018, it was announced Wednesday.
Before becoming director, Wilhelms served for two years as the Ranch's director of marketing and communications.
Wilhelms said she is leaving the Ranch to pursue "new opportunities in arts and culture." She will stay on board through the transition and remain involved with the Ranch in the future.
Reached by phone Wednesday, Wilhelms said she does not have another job lined up but rather is excited about spending the rest of 2018 thinking about what the future might hold.
"At this point, I don't have much to say except that I see these next few months as a unique opportunity to support the Ranch and reflect on what I want to do next," she said.
Wilhelms said she will remain a "very active member of the Ranch family and community."
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The board of trustees and search committee has begun an international search for Wilhelms' replacement, according to a statement.
"As the committee embarks on its search for my successor, I will continue in my position until late 2018 to continue our momentum and ensure a smooth transition in leadership," Wilhelms confirmed.
"The board of trustees is deeply grateful to Nancy for her significant contributions to the success of the Ranch over the past five years as executive director," Anderson Ranch board chairman Dave Fuente wrote in the statement. "While we regret she will be leaving the Ranch, we wish her huge success in pursuing other opportunities in the fields of arts and culture."
Among Wilhelms' successes, Fuente noted the promotion and recruitment of a strong executive team, implementation of an enhanced Featured Artists Series Program and development of the new Critical Dialogue Program.
"She has also innovated such programs as the highly successful Advanced Mentored Studies Program — a huge point of pride for the Ranch community — and the Scholarship/Partnership Program, enabling greater college student access to Ranch workshops, as well as the highly successful planning and execution of the Ranch's 50th anniversary year celebrations," Fuente wrote.
The search committee for Wilhelms' replacement is comprised of board vice chairwomen Sue Hostetler and Judy Mann; board members Marianne Boesky, Ann Cook, Reggie Smith, Ann Korologos; and Fitz & Co.'s CEO and President Sara Fitzmaurice.
"Looking to the future, the board is focused on a smooth transition that will ensure the ongoing success of Anderson Ranch's mission to enrich lives with art and inspiration," Fuente said. "As we move to new leadership, it is of paramount importance to continue to provide the Ranch's community of artists with the same world-class experience with which it has always been associated."