CHESTERTOWN — The board of directors of the Kent County Arts Council unanimously approved two new members; Myra Butler, director of Kent County Parks and Recreation; and Mark Christopher Hampton, executive vice president for strategies and operations at Washington College.

“I’m thrilled to have Myra and Mark join the KCAC board,” said Executive Director John Schratwieser in a news release. “Both bring extraordinary talents to our organization and help us to increase the reach and footprint of the KCAC through Kent County and across the Washington College Campus; furthering our ability to serve all residents of Kent County.”

Butler has worked for Kent County in a variety of positions since 1992, the release states. She is currently the vice chairman of the Kent County Local Management Board. She also has served on the boards of the University of Maryland Medical System, Shore Regional Health, Chester River Health Foundation, Compass Regional Hospice and the Maryland Association of Recreation and Parks.

A resident of Chestertown, Butler is also a singer, dancer and community volunteer who enjoys spending time with her family and friends, including her dog Napoleon Charlie, a Shih Tzu, the release states.

Bulter said she is “elated” to serve on KCAC board and support its efforts.

“I look forward to not only gaining a better understanding for the arts and the artistic process, but to also be a part of the organization’s creative process,” she said in the release. “I’m equally excited about the opportunity to develop what I hope will become a long-lasting partnership between the arts council and the Department of Parks and Recreation.”

Hampton recently returned to Washington College where he had served as vice president for finance and administration from 2014 to 2016. According to the release, in his new role as executive vice president for strategy and operations, he will develop the overall strategic direction of the college, while overseeing financial operations, information technology, facilities, capital projects, human resources, communications and marketing and business operations.

An avid runner — having completed 21 marathons and 3 ultra-marathons —Hampton holds of Doctor of Philosophy in educational leadership and policy, a Masters of Statistics in mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics all from the University of Utah, the release states. He and his husband, Jay Alexander, reside in Chestertown with their two Labrador retrievers, Stella and Louie.

“I am honored to be joining the Board of the Kent County Arts Council. The arts are a big part of what makes Kent County special,” he said in the release. “And an even bigger part of what will help the County continue to thrive in the future. I am absolutely excited to be able to work with the rest of the Board and with John to support the arts in our community and to develop and execute on a vision that will see the arts improve the lives of all Kent County residents.”

According to the release, the Kent County Arts Council seeks to invest in, infuse and inspire artists and arts organizations throughout Kent County in an effort to expand access to the arts for all residents and visitors.

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