The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Focus on the Arts

August 26, 2012

Board of directors works to nurture facility's needs

The board of directors of the Community Arts Center of Cambria County has a profound impact on maintaining an organization that has become a people’s favorite.

Board president Gregory Winger of Richland Township, senior vice president and regional manager at First National Bank, relishes the role.

Although Winger said he is by no means an artist, his initial involvement with the arts center was similar to thousands of others who enjoy the venue.

“I got involved when my daughter took part in children’s art classes,” he said.

Winger is one of 19 board members who meet every other month at the arts center, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

He has been a board member for six years, and now serves as board president with what he calls continued strong support of other board members and the talent of Rose Mary Hagadus of Westmont, the center’s executive director.

Winger said board members come from all walks of life and share the workload.

“We have bankers, accountants, business owners and community leaders working together to serve the needs of the arts center,” Winger said.

“The board works in concert with each other and is open to suggestions to finding ways to fulfill the arts center’s mission of promoting and nurturing the arts by offering exhibits, educational classes and scholarships.”

A board member’s term is six years.

New members are brought on board through recommendations.

Winger said board meetings are well-attended and getting a quorum is never a problem.

When the board members do meet, they tackle the challenges head on.

Major tasks facing the board include growing the nonprofit’s endowment fund and renovating the Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Center.

“The fine arts center also needs a new roof and we have to paint and have the parking lot paved,” Winger said.

As board president, Winger’s duties include setting meeting agendas and planning courses of action and work to balance finances.

But he relies on other members who serve on such committees as building and grounds, planning, finance, personnel, nominating and sustaining fund drive initiatives.

“One of the arts center’s greatest strengths involves community outreach through our diverse course offerings and the quality of our exhibits and programs,” Winger said.

Winger was quick to point out that there is no greater champion of the arts center than its executive director, Rose Mary Hagadus.

“Rose Mary’s dedication and commitment to the arts center are never ending,” Winger said.

Winger stressed that the board members are compatible in how they understand the need for the arts center to continue to progress financially and in programming.

“We have a good cross-section of expertise that the arts center needs to grow,” Winger said.

He credits the board officers for possessing a commitment to the arts center and displaying boundless, energetic leadership.

“The officers are selected because they are willing to commit the time needed to succeed,” Winger said.

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