Judy Morley, who has a doctorate as well as a background in fundraising, has been named the next executive director of the Carroll County Arts Council. Current Executive Director Sandy Oxx will retire at the end of June.
"I'm really excited to build relationships with people in the arts community," said Morley in a telephone interview. "This is a fun and really well-run organization. I'm looking forward to being part of it and helping them move forward with their goals."
According to a Carroll County Arts Council news release, Morley is a historian, speaker, entrepreneur and author. She has a doctorate in the history of the American West from the University of New Mexico and a master's degree from Holmes Institute School of Consciousness Studies.
Morley also has an extensive background in executive leadership, organizational development and marketing in both the commercial and nonprofit sectors. She served as the chairwoman of the Chamber of Commerce in Evergreen, Colorado, and has a keen understanding of community partnerships. She is a faculty member of the Lincoln Leadership Institute in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
"Judy was the unanimous choice of our committee," said Kathy Mayan, vice president of the council board of directors and member of the search committee, in a prepared statement. "She has stellar communication skills, a strong fundraising background and she has been a successful entrepreneur. The committee recognized that these are all qualities that will ensure that the arts and the arts council will thrive under her leadership."
"What thrilled us the most was that Judy found our community first. When she visited Westminster in December to meet a friend at a local restaurant, Judy's attention was drawn to the renovated [Carroll] Arts Center," said Anne Blue, president of the board and head of the search committee, in a prepared statement.
"Judy went home and researched our organization, loved our mission statement and noticed that we were in search of a new executive director. She applied for the post knowing it could be a perfect fit for the next chapter of her personal and professional future. Once she interviewed with the search committee, it was clear that she would be the ideal choice."
Morley said her new role will benefit from her well-developed nonprofit experience.
"I feel like this organization will be in a huge transition with Sandy Oxx leaving and one of my skill sets is change management," Morley said. "I'm also great at relationship building and strategic planning. I want to plan out where we want to be in three years and where we want to be in five years."
"After being at the helm of this organization for the past 21 years, I feel like I'm handing over my precious child, so finding an outstanding candidate was very important to me," Oxx said in a prepared statement. "Judy has the energy, experience and enthusiasm that is required to keep this place running smoothly and I have no doubt she will take the organization to new heights. I look forward to watching the arts council flourish under her leadership."
Morley has just settled on a home in Gettysburg and will begin work alongside Oxx in early May to ease the transition before Oxx retires.
"I really want to get more information about what's been working," Morley said. "I don't want to come in and shake things up. It seems like everything is working really well. If it's not broken, there's no need to fix it."
The public is invited to meet Morley at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, during the opening reception for the arts council's Members Show.