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About H. Perry Mixter

A rather awful head shot photo...

A rather awful head shot photo...

Perry has enjoyed a long and successful career in arts administration and nonprofit leadership. Perry served as Vice President, Development for the Arts & Science Council in Charlotte, NC from 2014 through 2017. In that role, Perry was responsible for overseeing the planning and execution of all contributed revenue activities and resources for ASC. Previously he served as President of The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg from 2007 to 2011. From 1991 to 2005, he served as Director of the Office of Cultural Affairs at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, and he served as Executive Director of the Winston-Salem Symphony from 1984 to 1991. since the mid-1990s Perry has maintained a busy consulting business, Mixter Consulting Services, providing guidance and leadership to nonprofits throughout the southeast US. 

Perry presently serves on the statewide board of Arts North Carolina. Mixter earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Denison University, and he holds a Master of Arts Degree from the Bolz Center for Arts Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 


  • Vice President, Development, Arts & Science Council, November 2014 - November 2017.
  • National Director, power2give.org, Arts & Science Council, June 2014 - April 2017.
  • Director, Client Services, power2give.org, Arts & Science Council, September 2011 - June 2014.
  • Project Director, Wells Fargo Community Celebration, Arts & Science Council of Charlotte,  February – November 2011. 
  • President & Chief Operating Officer, The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, June 2007 – February 2011.
  • Principal, Mixter Consulting Services, January 1996 - present. Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Appalachian State University,  April 2005 – June 2007.
  • Director, Office of Cultural Affairs, Appalachian State University, October 1991 – April 2005
  • Instructor, Arts Administration, Appalachian State University, 1991-2004.Executive Director, Winston-Salem Symphony Association, July 1984 - October 1991.
  • General Manager, University Opera, University of Wisconsin-Madison, June 1983 - May 1984.
  • Assistant to General Manager, Madison Civic Music Association, September 1982 - May 1983.
  • General Manager, Ann Arbor Chamber Orchestra, September 1979 - June 1982

Leadership experience

  • Member, Board of Directors, Arts North Carolina, October 2014 - present.
  • Member Leadership Development Initiative Class 15, 2015-16.
  • Adjunct Faculty, UNC Charlotte, January 2013 - May 2017.
  • Member, Private Sector Council, Americans for the Arts, January 2015 - December 2017.
  • Lead Faculty, Presenting 101 Workshops, Performing Arts Exchange 2011
  • Secretary and Board Member, SC Arts Alliance, 2008 – present.
  • Member, Ten at the Top Vision and Values Committee, 2009 – present.
  • Member, United Arts Fund Council, Americans for the Arts, 2007 - 2011
  • Member, Downtown Spartanburg Rotary Club, 2007 – 2011.
  • Grant Panelist, Kentucky Arts Council, May 2009 and 2010. Review and recommendation of prospective grantee performing and visual arts organizations.
  • Board Member, Arts North Carolina. 2005–2007, 1993-1999. Chair, Telecommunications Committee, 1995-1999.
  • Consultant, Professional Consulting Services, a program of Arts North Carolina, 2004 – 2007.
  • Consultant, Arts NC’s Peer Advisory Network, 1995 – 2004.
  • Immediate Past President, North Carolina Presenters Consortium. 2004 – 2006. President, 2002 – 2004. Vice President, 2000 – 2002. Booking Secretary, 1998-2000.
  • President, Boone Sunrise Rotary Club, 2004 – 05. President-Elect, 2003-04. Treasurer, 1997-2000. Club Member since 1992.
  • Board Member, Boone Area Chamber of Commerce, 2004-2007
  • Grant Panelist, North Carolina Arts Council, September 2002. Review of prospective Learning Audience Program participants.
  • Consultant, North Carolina Arts Council, Rural Technology Initiative, December 2000 – October 2001. Engaged by the state arts council to determine technology needs for and install computer equipment in 13 local arts councils around the state of North Carolina.
  • Juror, Maine Artist Roster Program, Maine Arts Commission, April 2001.
  • Member, Multidisciplinary Grants and Policy Panel, National Endowment for the Arts, December 2000.
  • Member, Touring Arts Panel, North Carolina Arts Council, 1998 and 1999.
  • Board Member, Arts Advocates of North Carolina. 1992-1996. Member, Executive Committee, 1994-1996. Organization merged with Arts North Carolina in 1997.
  • Board Member, High Country United Way. 1993-1999. Vice-Chairman, 1994-1995, Chairman 1996-1997.
  • Chairman, Managers of American Orchestras Policy Group B. June 1989-June 1991. Policy Group represents over 100 professional orchestras with total personnel expenses of between $250,000 and $1,000,000.
  • Field Representative, National Council of the Arts/National Endowment for the Arts board meeting, May 10, 1990, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
  • Board Member, American Symphony Orchestra League, June 1989-June 1991.
  • President, Association of Symphony Orchestras of North Carolina, 1987-1990.
  • First Vice President, Metropolitan Orchestra Managers’ Association, 1988-89 season. Secretary of same organization, 1987-88 season.
  • Member, Music Panel, Arts and Science Council of Charlotte, spring 1990 and 1993.
  • Member, Cultural Subcommittee, Piedmont Triad Horizons, 1988-1991.
  • Member, Education Advisory Committee, The Arts Council Inc., Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
  • Member, Executive Director Search Committee, The Arts Council, 1985 and 1989.
  • Member, Music Panel, North Carolina Arts Council, 1989, 1991-92.
  • Member, Advisory Committee, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989 Arts Management Institute, Winter 1988-89.
  • Staff Member, Association of College, University and Community Arts Administrators’ National Conference, New York, NY, December 1983.
  • Researched and revised “Marketing the Arts: An Annotated Bibliography,” 3rd Edition (ACUCAA: Madison, Wisconsin, 1983).
  • Co-Chairman, 11th Annual Center for Arts Administration Symposium, “On Line with the Arts: Computers and Arts Organizations,” March 1983, Madison, Wisconsin. Conference on the subject of computer applications in the arts.
  • Vice-President and Board Member, Ann Arbor Council for the Performing Arts, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1980-82.
  • Intern, American Symphony Orchestra League, Vienna, Virginia. Assisted in planning, scheduling and served as staff member for 1979 National Conference in San Francisco. Staff writer, Symphony News. Additional assignments in development and statistics. April-August 1979.
  • Participant in ASOL Management Seminar, Chicago, Illinois, February 1979.
  • Staff Member, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, Lenox, Massachusetts. Duties: Administrative assistant, artist relations and concert production. House manager for student concerts. Summer 1978 and Summer 1979.


  • University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Business, Madison, Wisconsin. M.A. degree in Arts Administration, May 1984. Masters thesis on Long Range Planning for Symphony Orchestras.
  • Denison University, Granville, Ohio. B.S. Psychology, 1978, with concentrations in music performance and communications. Psychology teaching assistant, 1978. Independent research and paper, “The Psychology of Music,” 1978.
  • Cincinnati Country Day School, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1974.