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National Arts Organization Elects VCUQatar Professor to Lead

May 12, 2011
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Assistant Professor of Art at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar - Jesse Payne - was elected by the membership of the national arts organization Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE) to serve on their Board of Officers.

On Friday, April 1, at the 2011 FATE Biennial Conference, the membership held a business meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. At this annual meeting, a new position was created and approved to begin immediately—Vice President for Development. Jesse Payne was elected unanimously to pilot this signal leadership position. Mr. Payne will oversee the advancement and development of new revenue and support opportunities for this growing organization.”

“I can’t say enough about Jesse Payne’s passed participation on our board and his new mission as Vice President for Development” said Scott Betz, President of FATE. “Jesse has that rare combination of talented artist and tenacious entrepreneur. We all have good ideas but too few know how, where and when to engage others to make these ideas come to fruition. FATE moves forward with this new position and leader!

“I am looking forward to continuing my involvement on the board of FATE and hopefully building a relationship between FATE and VCUQatar in the future,” said Mr. Payne about his appointment. Vice President for Development, Jesse Payne, will serve FATE through the upcoming biennial conference that will be held at Savannah College of Art and Design in the spring of 2013.

About FATE:
FATE is a national association dedicated to the promotion of excellence in the development and teaching of college-level foundation courses in both studio and art history. FATE members represent independent colleges of art and design, university art departments, and community colleges throughout the United States and is represented at most major education conferences to promote the goals of the organization. For more than 30 years, FATE has promoted excellence in arts foundations.

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