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Cultural Council Appoints New Executive Director

Kim Bergeron expected to start Nov. 1

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The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville announced the selection of Kim Bergeron as its new executive director, according to a press release Oct. 1.

Bergeron is expected to start Nov. 1, replacing Robert Arleigh White, who retired after 13 years as executive director.

Bergeron was the director of Cultural and Public Affairs in Slidell, La. In November 2012, she chose to resign from her post rather than select one of two other employees to be laid off, according to a story in the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

In Slidell, Bergeron spearheaded fundraising efforts for programming and worked with the New Orleans Museum of Art to bring in exhibits that included art by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol, according to the Cultural Council.

Bergeron was the unanimous choice of a search committee made up of Cultural Council board members and community representatives.

"The committee was wowed by all Kim has achieved in her previous roles," Cultural Council board member Abel Harding said, according to the news release.

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