Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History announced that he has named Jacqueline A. Proctor deputy commissioner and communications manager of the agency, effective January 16. She replaces Ginny Painter, who resigned as deputy commissioner in December. A resident of Huntington, Proctor has worked as director of the Arts Section for the division since September, and will serve as acting director of the section until a replacement is named.
“Jacqueline Proctor’s management background and communications expertise will serve the division well as she moves into her new role. I’m very pleased to have someone with Jacqueline’s confidence and focus along with her arts administration experience,” said Reid-Smith. “Her talents continue to be a most welcome addition to the division and the state.”
“It is tremendously important to cultivate, share and protect the artistic, cultural, and historic interests of the state,” said Proctor. “I am delighted to have this new opportunity to serve the agency and the people of West Virginia. I am also deeply appreciative of Commissioner Reid-Smith’s confidence and the trust he has placed in me to assist in fulfilling the mission of the agency.”
Proctor previously served as general manager of the Huntington Symphony Orchestra. Prior to that, she worked as a communications consultant and trainer in New York and as the director of operations and new media for Disney/ABC-TV Inc. She also taught communications at Bloomfield College in Bloomfield, N.J.
Proctor has a degree in television, film and radio from the University of Maryland, and has taken continuing education courses through both the Simmons School of Management in Boston and New York University.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. Its administrative offices are located at the Cultural Center in the state capitol complex in Charleston, which also houses the state archives and state museum. The agency also operates a network of museums and historic sites across the state. For more information the Division’s programs, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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