The Arts & Science Council (ASC) has selected R. Jeep Bryant as President, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He began his tenure on July 1, 2019.
Mr. Bryant is an award-winning manager with 30 years of experience in government relations, philanthropy, marketing and public relations, and global management. Most recently, he served as Director of Marketing and Business Development for The Broadway League, the nonprofit trade association for Broadway and co-presenter of the Tony Awards. In this role, he increased sponsorship profit for the Tony Awards, initiated a new marketing plan, and instituted a diversity taskforce to identify new audiences. During his tenure, he produced two concerts featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda and other Broadway stars to promote VIVA Broadway, an outreach program for Latino and Hispanic communities. Mr. Bryant has also held the role of Executive Vice President and Chairman of the BNY Mellon Foundation, where he managed an annual operating budget of $100 million, oversaw 140 international employees, and directed $20 million in annual contributions. Mr. Bryant’s other leadership roles have included Global Head of Corporate Communications at The Bank of New York, Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Communications at PNC Financial Services Group, and Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Communications at First Union Corporation.
Mr. Bryant lends his management and philanthropy expertise to his community, holding positions on the board of Lincoln Center Theater, Good Shepherd Services, Institute for Public Relations, and Charlotte Ballet (formerly North Carolina Dance Theatre). He has also served on the Advisory Council for the College of Charleston Department of Communication and as Chairman of the Public Broadcasting Authority in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mr. Bryant is the recipient of the Public Relations Society of America’s Silver Anvil and the Infinity Award from the Charlotte Public Relations Society. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In making the announcement, ASC Board Chair Paula Vincent said, “Jeep’s unique mix of experience in cultural engagement, government relations, change management, marketing, and community relations for nonprofit and for-profit organizations, coupled with his strong interpersonal skills, is critical to ASC’s work to support the arts and cultural community and made him the perfect candidate for this time in ASC’s history.”
“It is an honor to be selected for this leadership role at such an important time for ASC and to return home to Charlotte,” said Mr. Bryant. “I look forward to working with the board, staff, and partners to realize the full promise and potential of the organization. The funding challenges will require an energetic commitment and tireless effort from all of us. With the community’s support, we will expand ASC’s investments in arts, science, and history opportunities that are vibrant, diverse, and inclusive. Together, we will advance the region’s economic vitality and the quality of life for all.”
“It was a great pleasure working with the search committee at the Arts & Science Council to place R. Jeep Bryant as President,” said ACG Vice President Wyona Lynch-McWhite. “ACG would like to congratulate Mr. Bryant on his appointment to this key role within the organization. We are confident that his leadership abilities, philanthropy experience, and commitment to community engagement will be a great asset to the cultural community in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region.”