People in the News (5/03/15): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (5/03/15): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies has appointed PAM BREAUX as CEO, Grantmakers in the Arts reports. Breaux, currently completing her appointment as assistant secretary of the Office of Cultural Development at the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, earlier served as executive director of the Louisiana Division of the Arts. Before working in state government, Breaux managed southwest Louisiana's Decentralized Arts Funding Program and was executive director of the Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana. In addition, she has served on the boards of NASAA, South Arts, the Louisiana Board of International Commerce, and the U.S. Travel Association. Breaux will succeed JONATHAN KATZ, who stepped down in November after leading NASAA for twenty-nine years; since Katz's departure, KELLY J. BARSDATE has served as interim CEO.

The International Documentary Association has announced the appointment of SIMON KILMURRY as executive director, effective July 6. Kilmurry has served as executive producer of the PBS independent documentary film program POV and as executive director of American Documentary, POV's parent organization, since 2006. In that time, he has received numerous accolades, including a Primetime Emmy Award, twelve News and Documentary Emmy Awards, a Special Emmy Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking, five Peabody Awards, three Du Pont Columbia Awards, two Overseas Press Club Awards, a Grierson Award, and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers' Award for Corporate Commitment to Diversity. He also is a two-time recipient of IDA's Best Continuing Series Award. Under his leadership, American Documentary was the recipient of a $1 million MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Kilmurry will succeed DAVID GRECO, the organization's interim executive director since the beginning of April.

T1D Exchange, a nonprofit working to speed discovery of better therapies for type 1 diabetes, has announced the appointment of HENRY ANHALT as its first chief medical officer. Anhalt, a pediatric endocrinologist with two decades of clinical and industry experience related to type 1 diabetes, most recently served as senior medical director for medical diabetes at Sanofi. Previously, Anhalt served as chief medical officer and medical director of the artificial pancreas program at Animas, a Johnson & Johnson company; led pediatric endocrinology divisions at Saint Barnabas Health Care System, Children's Hospital at Maimonides Medical Center, and the Brooklyn Hospital Center; and was program director for the SUNY Downstate pediatric endocrinology fellowship training program. He also has held academic appointments at other institutions, including the New York University School of Medicine, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, and SUNY Stony Brook.

The Aspen Institute has announced the election of KATIE COURIC to its board. Couric, currently global anchor of Yahoo News, is an award-winning journalist and TV personality, cancer advocate, and New York Times best-selling author. Most recently, she was an executive producer and narrator of Fed Up, a documentary about the spread of childhood obesity that was released in the spring of 2014. Couric also is a co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer, a co-founder of the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance, and a co-founder of the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health. In 2006, after a fifteen-year run as co-host of NBC's Today Show, she joined CBS News  as the first female solo anchor of an evening news broadcast. "Katie Couric has had a remarkable career as an iconic broadcast journalist, as an author, and as a cancer advocate," said Aspen Institute chair Robert K. Steel. "Having her unique set of experiences will be of immense value to our board and to the future success of the Aspen Institute....I look forward to seeking her counsel as she becomes involved in [our] leadership, programs, and activities."

The Alliance for Nonprofit Management has announced the appointment of KRISTA VITA as interim director of membership. Vita, most recently part-time development director at the McLean Project for the Arts, has worked over the last couple of years on organizational strategy and development issues in the D.C. area. Previously, she lived in northern New Jersey, where she specialized in local community development initiatives and also served in the Newark office of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg. In her new role, Vita will focus on the Alliance's membership and programming efforts, including its work with affinity groups, non-conference programming, and the Alliance's partnership with the Building Movement Project. "Krista comes to the Alliance with remarkable skills in managing and facilitating groups and projects to amazing results," said board chair John Brothers. "We look forward to having Krista help continue the Alliance's growing programming and membership efforts, and I know our membership is really going to enjoy working with her."

In other news, PND notes the passing of CHARLES BENTON, founder of the Benton Foundation, on April 29. Benton named the foundation in honor of his father, William, a U.S. senator (D-CT) and former publisher of the Encyclopaedia Britannica who also championed free speech and civil liberties. Charles Benton joined his father's company and eventually became its president, retiring at the age of 36 to create the nonprofit Fund for Media Research. He later joined the Board of the National Citizens Committee for Broadcasting and was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as chair of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science and chair of the First White House Conference on Library and Information Services. Benton and his wife, Marjorie, provided the $200,000 grant that the League of Women Voters used to fund the televised presidential forums during the 1976 primaries. Those forums led to the televised presidential debates sponsored by the League later in 1976 — the first such event since the Nixon-Kennedy debates of 1960. In 1997, President Bill Clinton appointed Benton as a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters. In 2012, President Barack Obama appointed Benton to serve on the National Museum and Library Services Board. Throughout his career, Benton was an active board member and adviser for organizations in the arts, education, and communications, including the original Illinois Arts Council Board, the Illinois Humanities Council, the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships, the American Assembly, the University of Chicago, Hampton Institute, and the National College of Education. In the area of film and television, Benton was a member of the founding board of the American Film Institute and the Chicago International Film Festival, served on the board of Chicago's major public television station (WTTW) for ten years, and was president of the National Citizen Committee for Broadcasting in the 1970s. He also served on the board of the National Foundation for the Preservation of Film and the Consumer Advisory Committee of the FCC in Washington, D.C. "The world feels emptier today," said Bill Moyers, "like the forest when a great oak falls. And those of us whose lives were touched by Charles are a little lonelier knowing he is gone. What an enthusiast he was for things that mattered to democracy and humanity."

"NASAA Names Pam Breaux as CEO." Grantmakers in the Arts Press Release 04/30/2015. "Meet Our New Executive Director, POV’s Simon Kilmurry." International Documentary Association Press Release 04/30/2015. "Henry Anhalt, DO, Named Chief Medical Officer for T1D Exchange." T1D Exchange Press Release 04/30/2015. "Katie Couric Elected to Serve on Aspen Institute Board of Trustees." Aspen Institute Press Release 04/20/2015. "Announcement From the Alliance Board of Directors" Alliance for Nonprofit Management Press Release 04/24/2015. "Charles Benton 1931-2015: Visionary Film Distributor and Philanthropist Helped Reinstitute Presidential Debates." Benton Foundation Announcement 04/30/2015.