Jean McLaughlin, Penland
Executive director of Penland School of Crafts since 1998, Jean has focused her energies on strategic planning, external relations, facilities construction and renovation, board development, and fundraising.
currently spearheads a $30 million Campaign for Penland's Future.
Jean came to Penland after serving 16 years at the NC Arts Council as Director of Visual Arts and later Director of Statewide Initiatives.
A native North Carolinian, she holds an MA in Liberal Studies from NC State University, and a BA in Studio Art from UNC-CH.
also studied textiles at the California College of Arts and Crafts, NC State University, and Penland School of Crafts.