The Bascom Board of Directors announces leadership changes

After serving on The Bascom Board for the past seven years, five of which were as Chair, Mike Campbell is passing the baton to incoming Chair Bill Reeves. 

“It’s been a privilege to serve The Bascom,” said Campbell. “With the community’s support, we have accomplished much…. We have a financially healthy organization; we have raised the funds to retire our long-standing debt, and soon will be debt free. At the same time, we have continued to expand our outreach, exhibitions, and education programs. There are many to be thanked, our wonderful donors, members and patrons, our terrific board members, and, of course, our amazing staff being led by Executive Director Teresa Osborn.”

He added that there is always opportunity for improvement.

“As wonderful as those accomplishments are, our work is never done and the best is yet to come,” said Campbell. “The selection of Bill Reeves to be the next Chair of The Bascom is an excellent choice.” 

Reeves is a retired partner with Spencer Stuart, a global executive search and leadership advisory firm where he served on the global board of directors. 

A native of Atlanta, Reeves is a Georgia Tech graduate and earned an MBA at Georgia State University. With a lifelong interest in the arts, he formerly served as Chairman of the Friends of the Decorative Arts at the High Museum of Atlanta. Now retired and a full-time resident of Highlands with his wife, Stephanie Edgar Reeves, Bill is on the vestry of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation and is a trustee of the Highlands Biological Foundation where he serves on the Executive Committee. 

“Mike Campbell is a hard act to follow, but I am excited about the next phase of The Bascom as we begin our second decade on the current campus,” said Reeves. “We are in a yearlong process developing a five year strategic plan with the DeVos Institute. I’m excited that we will be in a position in the next several months to share the outline of that plan.” 

Joining Reeves as new officers on October 1 are Brad Armstrong, Vice-Chair; Jo Hill, Secretary; and Martha Sutherland-Wright, Treasurer. 

“We are indebted to Mike Campbell, his dedicated Board of Directors, and generous donors who have brought us to where we are,” said Reeves. “Thanks to our retiring leadership, we have a very bright future.”

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