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August 27, 2012

THE GREATER COLUMBUS ARTS COUNCIL APPOINTS NEW BOARD MEMBERS

Columbus, Ohio – The Greater Columbus Arts Council has announced the appointments of Denvy Bowman and David Clifton to the Board of Trustees.

“Denvy and David bring expertise and community knowledge that will be a great asset to GCAC and its programs,” said Milt Baughman, President of the Greater Columbus Arts Council. “We are pleased that they are volunteering their valuable time to advance arts and culture in Central Ohio.”

Denvy A. Bowman, Ph.D., was named the 15th president of Capital University in March 2007. As president, Bowman has modernized and infused transparency into university operations, including budgeting and finance, strategic enrollment management, advancement, and planning and strategy. Under Bowman’s presidency, Capital has enjoyed record-level giving from an engaged and growing alumni and friend base and historic highs in new and returning student enrollment. As a result of Bowman’s emphasis on strategic enrollment management, including his creation of the Division for Planning and Advancement, Capital’s incoming students are more diverse in gender and racial, ethnic and geographic background, and better prepared academically. Student retention also has improved, reversing a three-year trend of decline. Bowman joined Capital in the summer of 2003 as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Prior to his presidency he served as Capital’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs and as interim president. Bowman has a doctorate in ancient history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; a master’s degree in ancient history from the University of Virginia; and a bachelor’s degree in history from Roanoke College.

David Clifton is executive vice president and Chief Customer & Marketing Officer for Huntington. With more than 25 years of marketing experience, Clifton is responsible for all of Huntington’s brand, marketing, advertising and customer touch points and communications and has driven a revitalization of the brand, branches and double-digit growth through such innovations as 24-Hour Grace and Asterisk-Free Checking. Prior to joining Huntington in December of 2009, Clifton was Chief Marketing Officer for the Consumer Lending divisions of JP Morgan Chase. During his 12+ year tenure at JP Morgan Chase, he held various senior leadership marketing positions directing new acquisitions marketing programs, brand identity, advertising, branch and ATM signage programs, internet marketing and rebrand communications. Prior to his banking career, from 1985 to 1997 Clifton was General Manager and Chief Operating Officer for Young & Laramore Advertising where he led the agency in directing marketing campaigns for accounts including Mayflower, Steak n Shake, Delco Electronics and NutraSweet and directed the agency to be recognized by AdWeek as one of the hottest in the Midwest. Clifton earned a MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Purdue University.

About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, GCAC funds exemplary artists and arts organizations and provides programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community.GCAC thanks the City of Columbus, Franklin County and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.

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