By Howard Pousner
Larry Gellerstedt III, president and chief executive officer of Cousins Properties, has been elected chairman of the Woodruff Arts Center board of trustees.
In the role, Gellerstedt will preside over a changed Woodruff board structure. The arts center is creating an 18-member governing board that will meet monthly to manage day-to-day corporate and fiduciary responsibilities. The Woodruff’s 70-plus-member board of trustees, including 13 newly appointed members, will continue to meet twice yearly, focusing on committee work, projects and fund-raising.
The arts center is also establishing a 33-member Community Roundtable drawn from Atlanta’s business, government and creative communities. It will be co-chaired by retired Coca-Cola Enterprises executive Vicki Palmer and Javier Goizueta, president of the Coca-Cola Co.’s McDonald’s Division.
Charged with bringing community perspectives and connections to local and national resources to the arts center, the group includes Mayor Kasim Reed, Atlanta visual artist Radcliffe Bailey and former NFL player Jerome Bettis.
Gellerstedt replaces Phil Kent, chairman and CEO of Turner Broadcasting System, who served as Woodruff board chairman for three years.