SPARC Announces New Executive Director

Ryan T. Ripperton, SPARC's new Executive Director

The Board of SPARC  (School for the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community) announces selection of a new Executive Director-Ryan T. Ripperton.  He will begin his leadership March 17, 2010– simultaneous with SPARC’s upcoming 30th Anniversary and the public phase of its comprehensive campaign for expanded programs and facility.    

Ripperton was selected as the outcome of a national search process.  Jerrold Samford, Board President, stated:  “The search process was thorough and inclusive – it yielded just the right leader to guide SPARC’s vital future!  Ryan will also be a great addition to the cadre of arts organizations and leaders in the metro area.” 

 Ripperton added:  “As a musician and a professional, I am a passionate supporter of the arts, and deeply committed to advancing quality performing arts training and life lessons for young people.  I am honored to have been chosen to join the leadership of this wonderful organization that does so much to serve the youth of the Richmond community.”

 Ripperton served for more than seven years as Executive Director of a national music fraternity (Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity) and its related Sinfonia Educational Foundation, headquartered in Indiana.   

 The organization’s mission, operations, facilities and financial resources, as well as strengths and challenges, closely match SPARC’s in many ways.  There, he successfully expanded programs, outreach, partnerships, financial resources and technology; and he strengthened governance and a volunteer network.    

He holds a Bachelor  of Music Education from the University of North Carolina, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern Indiana.  He also is a member of the American Society of Association Executives.  He, his wife Danielle, and daughter Ella, are eager to embrace the community of Richmond.

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