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Taft Museum of Art Elects New Board Leadership

Taft Museum of Art Elects New Board Leadership

For immediate release
October 23, 2012
For information contact Natalie Mathis, (513) 352-5133, nmathis@taftmuseum.org

Taft Museum of Art Elects New Board Leadership   
The Taft Museum of Art Board of Directors is proud to announce the Museum’s new leadership, elected on October 22, 2012: Gerald H. Greene, Chairman of the Board; Jill T. McGruder, Vice Chair-Elect; David L. Hausrath, Treasurer; and Jane Votel, Secretary.  The Museum honors the service and dedication of outgoing Chair, Paul W. Chellgren, and Vice Chair, Gerald T. Silvers. The Taft also welcomes new board members James C. Votruba, recently retired President of Northern Kentucky University, and Shannon Carter, President, CEO, and co-founder of Crayons to Computers, a free store for teachers.
Gerald H. Greene, the Taft’s new Chairman of the Board, succeeds Paul W. Chellgren, who served as Chair since 2008. Mr. Greene retired from P&G in 1998. There he was Manager of Global Capital Management and was responsible for worldwide engineering project management and construction programs totaling $2.5 billion annually.  He received his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Detroit, and his MS in Civil Engineering from Purdue University. Upon retirement, Mr. Greene earned his J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law and currently serves as Volunteer Attorney for Family Law with Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati. Throughout his career, Mr. Greene has served on numerous boards, including Emmanuel Community Center, Bethesda Hospital, and Wyoming Civic Center.  Mr. Greene was awarded the Cincinnati Bar Association’s Community Service Award in 2012.
Jill T. McGruder is the Museum’s new Vice Chair-Elect, succeeding Gerald T. Silvers, who served as Vice Chair since 2008. Ms. McGruder serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of IFS Financial Services, Inc. (IFS), a member of the Western & Southern Financial Group. Ms. McGruder has been responsible for start up, acquisition, integration and growth of core businesses with $27 billion in assets under management and which generate over $5 billion in annual sales revenue. In addition to her role at IFS Financial Services, Ms. McGruder serves as Senior Vice President of The Western & Southern Life Insurance Company and as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Integrity Life and National Integrity Life Insurance companies. Throughout her career, Ms. McGruder has been active on numerous industry committees and boards at the national level. Her not-for-profit activities include service on the boards of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati and Every Child Succeeds. She holds a BA from Capital University and a J.D. from Capital University Law School. She was presented with the YWCA Career Woman of Achievement Award in 2009 and the Neil McElroy Award for United Way Resource Development in 2011.
David L. Hausrath, newly elected Treasurer, retired in 2011 from Ashland Inc., where he served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. There, he was responsible for managing all legal and corporate governance matters pertaining to Ashland and directing the company’s government relations function. He also served as Chairman of Ashland’s Ethics and Compliance Committee, and as a member of the company’s three-member Executive Committee. Hausrath earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech. He subsequently earned his J.D. from University of Richmond Law School. Before joining Ashland, he served as a law clerk for the Virginia Supreme Court.
Jane Votel was reelected Secretary. Ms. Votel is an active community volunteer. She has served as a docent at the Taft Museum of Art since 1989 and has served on the Taft’s board since 2003. She is an avid fundraiser and supporter of the arts in the Greater Cincinnati region.  Ms. Votel has also served on the Board of Trustees of the Cincinnati Opera since 2009 and has provided volunteer support for Dress for Success Cincinnati.
The Board and Staff are extremely grateful for the leadership and dedication of the Museum’s outgoing Chair and Vice Chair through the most challenging economic period in recent history. Paul W. Chellgren, outgoing Board Chair, will remain on the Taft’s Board. The Taft’s fiscal security was well preserved thanks in large part to his financial expertise and guidance.  Gerald Silvers, outgoing Vice Chair, will also remain on the board. He has been a member of the board since 1998. Mr. Silvers contributed critical expertise gleaned as Vice President of Market Development of The Cincinnati Enquirer.

The Taft Museum of Art is at 316 Pike St., in downtown Cincinnati. The Museum is open Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Holiday hours: November and December open Tuesday through Sunday.  Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students, seniors, and teachers and $4 for youth 12-17, and free for children under 11. The museum is free to all on Sundays. Call 513-241-0343 or visit the website at www.taftmuseum.org for additional information.



The Taft Museum of Art is supported in part by the generosity of individuals and businesses that give annually to ArtsWave. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Museum with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

The Taft Museum of Art is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is affiliated with the Association of Midwest Museums and the Ohio Museums Association.

Mission Statement
The Taft Museum of Art welcomes people of every background to experience a world-renowned collection in a beautiful historic house. Through its intimate presentation of the Tafts' treasures and its engaging exhibitions, programs, and activities, the Museum creates enjoyment and learning opportunities for all.

Diversity Statement
The Taft Museum of Art respects the dignity of all people and values what each member of our team brings to the organization. Accordingly, the Museum is committed to building an inclusive environment that welcomes and values diversity. This includes our staff, board of directors, volunteers and visitors. As an organization we recognize the importance of attracting and retaining talented people of different backgrounds. We understand how a diverse work team of staff, board of directors and volunteers benefits our organization by enabling us to draw upon a richness of resources. We want all our team members to feel appreciated for their uniqueness, so we work to foster an environment that provides everyone equal access to information and opportunities. This ensures that each person learns, grows, excels and maximizes his or her personal contributions. The Museum will thus be able to tap into a greater wealth of knowledge, perspectives, and experiences to develop and deliver programs and services to an increasingly diverse audience.
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