Welcome! I am honored to be joining Alabama School of Fine Arts as interim executive director for the 2019-2020 school year. Having served as executive director of Leadership Birmingham and Region 20/20, I am passionate about organizations that deepen the state’s talent ecosystem and lead with visions and plans for Alabama’s future. I am deeply committed to ASFA’s similar mission and the value the school brings to the state of Alabama. I look forward to being ASFA’s advocate this year as the Board of Trustees conducts a nationwide search for a permanent executive director.
Fifty years ago, a group of dedicated parents and community leaders had a vision of a public school that would guide the state’s brightest and most creative students to their highest potential. With the assistance of Alabama’s governor and legislature, they turned that dream into a reality. Since then, thousands of talented students from across Alabama have walked through ASFA’s doors excited and nervous but with a vision of who they want to be and what they want to accomplish. After their senior year, students walk out of ASFA’s doors as leaders, visionaries, doers and world changers.
Our students are National Merit Scholars, YoungArts Winners, National Student Poets, and Scholastic Art & Writing Gold Key winners. They compete in the Intel International Science Fair and create groundbreaking medical and environmental research during their tenure at ASFA. They are accepted into the best colleges, and 97% are awarded merit scholarships (compared to the national average of 15%).
Our graduates have gone on to write bestsellers like The Hunger Games. They have been named Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People. They lead nonprofits. They are cancer researchers, movie stars, principal dancers, professional musicians, entrepreneurs, business owners, clergy, attorneys, teachers, and artists. They are world changers.
I encourage you to come and see for yourself just how much talent and passion is contained within this one square block of Birmingham. Come take a Tuesday Tour, attend a performance, watch for our students doing outreach and service in the community, schedule a field trip or performance for your organization or school and see the future stars of Alabama today.
Interim Executive Director