Raleigh, N.C.—The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) announce the appointment of William J. (Bill) Carpenter as executive director of SECCA. Carpenter comes to SECCA from High Point University, where he was most recently professor of English and director of the Honors Scholars Program. Carpenter begins his new position at SECCA on June 3, 2019.

“Dr. Carpenter will bring renewed attention to SECCA’s contributions to the field of contemporary art by celebrating its history while emphasizing the multidisciplinary nature of art today and inviting reflection on the ideas that shape our time,” said Valerie Hillings, Ph.D., director of the North Carolina Museum of Art. “The NCMA team and I look forward to working with Dr. Carpenter and the SECCA staff to fulfill our shared objective of creating inclusive experiences and opportunities for our visitors to activate their own creative potential by connecting with art, nature, and other people.”

Carpenter said: “As a teacher and administrator in higher education, I’ve seen firsthand that engagement with the arts can change lives for the better by helping us invent new ways of seeing ourselves and our world. I’m excited to join SECCA and to help it partner with schools, families, and organizations across the region to strengthen arts education and to connect audiences with artists and scholars.”

Carpenter to assume his new position in Winston-Salem, N.C. on June 3

Carpenter joined the High Point University faculty in August 2009 as an English professor and director of the High Point University Writing Program. He served as chair of the English department and was the founding director of the High Point University First-Year Program, a common experience program consisting of shared summer reading, living-learning communities, and events to promote lifelong learning. He was also the co-chair/lead writer of High Point University’s Quality Enhancement Program. Earlier, Carpenter was director of the University Writing Program and then chair of the English department at the University of Illinois, Springfield. Carpenter earned a B.A. in English from The College of New Jersey, an M.A. in English from Kansas State University, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Kansas.

“We are very excited to welcome Bill to SECCA,” said Jennifer Woodward, SECCA board chair. “He is a dynamic individual with extensive experience as a forward-thinking leader. He will bring new energy to the museum and help SECCA fulfill its vision of engaging the community in a lifelong learning experience with the arts.”

Photo courtesy of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art.

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The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C., (SECCA) is a creative leader of the arts in the Southeast, a museum boldly giving artists of the region a platform for visibility while connecting local communities with the international world of contemporary art. Located at 750 Marguerite Drive, the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. For hours, please visit SECCA is an affiliate of the North Carolina Museum of Art, a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. SECCA receives operational funding from the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Additional funding is provided by the James G. Hanes Memorial Fund.

About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational, and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susi H. Hamilton, NCDNCR has a mission to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries, and nature by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development. NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation’s first state-supported symphony orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office, and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information please call (919) 807-7300 or visit

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