Town Manager Announces Executive Director for Community Arts & Culture

Post Date:08/30/2017 1:00 PM

Town Manager Roger Stancil has announced the appointment of Susan Brown as Executive Director for Community Arts & Culture to coordinate policy and operational areas related to arts, history and culture in Chapel Hill. 

“I believe that with Susan’s leadership, we will bring together internal and external teams to bring a new level of energy and focus to the arts, history and culture of our community,” Stancil said. “With this focus, I am seeking to consider the role of the arts in all we do.”

Brown currently serves as director of the Chapel Hill Public Library and will retain this role. She will also assume responsibility for assessing and aligning Town resources related to arts and culture. This will include implementing the Cultural Arts Master Plan and working with the Town’s Cultural Arts Commission. She will also play a lead role in managing the transition of historic Town Hall into future uses as she explores “ways to learn from our past to prepare for our future,” Stancil said.

Town Manager Stancil has been refining the Town of Chapel Hill’s organizational structure to focus on key community priorities including those expressed in Chapel Hill 2020 in innovative ways. These include his recent appointment, as well as others:

  • As Executive Director for Community Arts & Culture, Susan Brown will continue the Town’s strong tradition of public art and collaborate with special events such as Festifall and other community celebrations. She will look across the organization to consider how other ongoing programs and activities are enhanced by a commitment to the arts.
  • As Executive Director for Community Safety, Chris Blue is focused on connections among code enforcement, inspections operations, Police and Fire departments, traffic engineering, and bike and pedestrian efforts.
  • As Executive Director for Housing and Community, Loryn Clark is building the connections among planning and development, housing, and community services through nonprofits. 
  • As Executive Director for Technology, Scott Clark is growing and enhancing our professional team approach to enterprise technology as a partner in how we do business. 

Brown took her first library job as an undergrad, never thinking it would turn into a career.  Twenty-five years later, she is still working in libraries and is more passionate than ever about the role they play in the life of a community.  

Brown has held a variety of positions in both academic and public libraries. In 2013, she became the director of the Chapel Hill Public Library. Before that, she worked at libraries in Kansas, Virginia, and North Carolina, including Wake County and Orange County Public Libraries.  She holds a B.A. from Virginia Tech and an M.L.S. from UNC-Chapel Hill. 

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