By Bo Emerson
Atlanta banking executive Virginia Hepner has been named the new president and CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center, it was announced Monday.
She replaces Joe Bankoff, who left the center in May to lead Georgia Tech’s Sam Nunn School of International Affairs.
Ms. Hepner, former senior manager of U.S. Corporate Finance at Wachovia Bank, has had experience at the Woodruff Center, serving as interim director for Young Audiences from October 2010 to August 2011. She was also interim executive director at the Atlanta Ballet in 2009, overseeing completion of an $11 million headquarters.
Ms. Hepner arrives at the Woodruff almost 50 years to the day after a tragic airline crash at the Orly Airport in Paris, which took the lives of 106 members of Atlanta’s arts community. The creation of the Woodruff Center came about as a concerted effort to recover from that tragedy.
The city’s premier arts organization, the Woodruff Center includes the Atlanta Symphony, the Alliance Theater, the High Museum of Art and Young Audiences, all on the same campus.