IAC Executive Director Elected: Astoria Native

Illinois Arts Council (IAC) Chairman Shirley R. Madigan announced today that the Council Commissioners have elected Terry A. Scrogum as the Council’s Executive Director. Scrogum, a native of Astoria, Illinois, has served as a Council member since 1991. His understanding of IAC programs and administration is derived from extensive work as a Council member in a variety of leadership roles.

"Terry Scrogum will prove an excellent choice as Executive Director of the Illinois Arts Council, not only due to his previous involvement with the agency, but because he brings a considerable background and knowledge of state government, as well as the non-profit sector," said Governor Rod Blagojevich.

"As Chairman of the IAC, I know that Terry Scrogum’s understanding of Illinois’ diverse communities and the inner workings of state government as well as his passion for the accessibility of the arts to all Illinoisans made him a natural candidate for this position," said Chairman Madigan.

Over a 16 year period Scrogum served in various managerial and senior advisory capacities in Illinois state government including Senior Advisor for Arts and Cultural Affairs to the Office of the Governor in 1999 and Special Assistant to the Governor for Arts and Cultural Affairs in 1991. He has also held senior management positions in non-profit organizations in the arts and human services fields.

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