Columbia's Inner Arbor board expands to seven directors

The Board of Directors for the Inner Arbor Trust Inc., an entity formed to manage the development of Columbia's Symphony Woods Park, has expanded to seven members, the entity announced Tuesday.

When the creation of the Inner Arbor entity and the Inner Arbor Board was approved by the Columbia Association Board on Feb. 14, it was chartered to have five members. After its first meeting of the five-member board on May 10, the board members approved the bylaws and voted to add two additional directors.

The meetings of the Inner Arbor Board will not be open to the public, according to Inner Arbor Plan designer Michael McCall, who was recently named CEO and president of the Inner Arbor entity. 

Joining Columbia Association President Phil Nelson, CA board member Gregg Schwind and former CA board member Ed Coleman on the board as the original two at-large directors are Deborah Aaronson Ellinghaus and G. Kent Humphries, both Howard County residents.

Ellinghaus, of Fulton, has a background in fundraising for arts and currently works as the director of development at the University of Maryland, College Park. 

Humphries, of Ellicott City, is the senior vice president-contract sales at Sysco Corporation based in Houston, and was previously CEO and president of SYSCO Food Services in Baltimore and Syracuse, N.Y.

The two supplemental directors are W. Gill Wylie, President of Johns Hopkins Medical Management Corp., and Beverly White-Seals, president of the Community Foundation of Howard County (formerly the Columbia Foundation).

The "Trust," which is legally defined as a corporation, was created to be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that solicits tax deductible donations and grants to help fund the Inner Arbor Plan, which proposes an arts village, new CA headquarters, two performing arts theaters and three restaurants on the eastern side of Symphony Woods.

CA will grant an easement to the Inner Arbor entity so they can develop the land, and will also transfer $1.6 million of CA money previously allocated for the park to the entity. 

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