Advisory Boards

National Advisory Board

The Ackland’s National Advisory Board (NAB) supports the advancement of the Ackland Art Museum and its mission. NAB members work closely with the Director and staff to enhance all aspects of the Museum’s programming. Members of the NAB are appointed by the Provost, acting in consultation with the Ackland Director on an ongoing basis.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity to help the Museum engage with our community, please contact Mary Gard, Director of External Affairs, at or 919-843-3592.


A. Douglas Rothwell ’78 (MPA), Chair – Chapel Hill, NC
James Keith Brown ’84, Chair Emeritus – New York, NY
James Marion Parrott V ’92, Vice Chair – Chapel Hill, NC
D. Smith Freeman ’68 (’72 JD), Treasurer – Reidsville, NC

Juliet Smith Barrus ’70 – Kinston, NC
Lelia Elisabeth Blackwell ’77 – Chapel Hill, NC
Elizabeth Broun – Bethesda, MD
Tonya Turner Carroll ’89 – Santa Fe, NM
J. Kenneth Chance ’71 – Trent Woods, NC
Shirley Drechsel – Graham, NC
Kim Blackwell Fox – Chapel Hill, NC
Burton B. Goldstein Jr. ’70 (’76 JD) – Chapel Hill, NC
Reginald Hodges – Durham, NC
Alexander Julian ’70 – Chapel Hill, NC
Elizabeth Tyler Kennedy ’84 – Houston, TX
Ruby Lerner ’74 – New York, NY
Carol C. Levin – Greensboro, NC
Charles Edward Lovelace Jr. ’77 (’79 MBA) – Chapel Hill, NC
John S. McColl ’91 (MBA) – Atlanta, GA
Margaret Leighton McNairy ’00 – New York, NY
Denise Murrell ’76 – New York, NY
Schwanda Rountree – Washington, D.C.
Meredith Miller Rutter ’88 – Virginia Beach, VA
Lauren Sanford ’06 (MA, ’14 PhD) – Chapel Hill, NC
Debbie Thompson Smith ’89 – Smyrna, GA
Dr. William E. Torres – Atlanta, GA
John LeRoy Townsend III ’77 (’82 MBA) – Greenwich, CT
Arete Swartz Warren ’70 (MA) – New York, NY
John Dargan Watson Jr. ’77 – Chapel Hill, NC


Marcus L. Collins, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Interim Vice Provost for Academic and Community Engagement
Katie Ziglar ’79, Ackland Art Museum Director

Academic Advisory Committee

The Academic Advisory Committee advises the Director on issues pertaining to the Ackland’s mission to support university teaching and research and it advocates for the Ackland within the University. The Committee addresses all issues that affect the use of the Ackland as a teaching and research resource for UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and students.


Hérica Valladares, Committee Chair, Classics
Anna Agbe-Davies, Anthropology
Maggie Cao, Art and Art History
Maggie Fritz-Morkin, Romance Studies
Banu Gökarıksel, Geography
Sabine Gruffat, Art and Art History
Mary Hauser, School of Medicine
Jerma Jackson, History

Ji-Yeon Jo, Carolina Asia Center, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Joseph Jordan, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
Bud Kauffman, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Alexandra Lightfoot, Health Behavior
Josmell Perez, Carolina Latinx Center
Alice Whiteside, Sloane Art Library
Claudia Yaghoobi, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Student Representatives:

Mick Anderson, PhD student in Musicology with a graduate minor in American Studies
Rebekah Gill, Class of 2024
Madalyn Hutchinson, Class of 2026
Jordan Klevdal, PhD candidate in English and Comparative Literature


Marcus L. Collins, Interim Vice Provost for Academic and Community Engagement
Annette Lawrence, Chair, Department of Art and Art History

Local Advisory Board

The Ackland’s Local Advisory Board (LAB) was launched in April 2018 in order to deepen and expand the Museum’s network of advocates and supporters in Chapel Hill and the broader area, and to create a forum for interesting and vibrant discussion about the arts, the community, and the Ackland’s role in both.

Nominations to the Ackland’s LAB occur once per year. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity to help the Museum engage with our community, please contact Andrew Parrish, Assistant Director of Development, at or 919-962-3118.


James Marion Parrott V ’92, Chair

Linda Anderson
Amir Barzin ’06
Anna Barzin ’07
Kerry Bird ’86
Libby Buck ’99 (PhD)
Cathy Chapman
Kelly Clay
Stephanie Cobert
Alain Creissen ’08 (MBA)
Anna Creissen
Alexandra Fleming
Campbell Gibson ’93
Ashlee Hicks ’08
Patrick Hobgood
Jeff Hortman ’06
Ryan Huckabee ’09
Maryanna Johnson
Fred Joiner
Bain Jones ’78
Katherine Kopp ’77
Ann Lemmon ’76 (’79 MBA)
Mildred Long ’94 (’07 MFA)
Karen Lovelace ‘’73
Jenny Mabie ’76 (’99 PhD)
Alice May ’65
John May ’65
Shaun McCabe
Mary Moore ’68
Katie Murray
Jody Pagano
David Peterson
Gordon Peterson ’92
Karen Popp ’85 (JD)
M.C. Ragsdale
Brittany Ramer ’16
Carol Richards
Arthur Rogers ’92
Carole Shelby
Neera Skurky ’02
David Starling ’93
Karen Turpin
Stacy Lynn Waddell ’07
Dylan Welch