Student Body President Hogan Medlin didn’t have much time to present the findings of his Arts Innovation Steering Committee to the members of the Board of Trustees’ university affairs committee Wednesday afternoon.
But he impressed the group with his proposals, even as he glossed over the extent of the participation of his committee’s members in crafting the action plan.
The plan, which Medlin called his legacy, will be presented to the full Board of Trustees in today’s general meeting.
“This is quite a legacy,” said trustee Roger Perry. “I’m impressed by the work of this committee.”
The committee, whose work Medlin has billed as his lasting commitment to the development of the arts at the University, assembled an all-star list of campus and community artistic figures in four meetings this academic year.
“We wanted to move the arts in a visionary direction similar to the Academic Plan,” Medlin said, comparing his arts plan to the University’s pending academic road map, also set to be approved in Thursday’s general meeting.
“There’s nothing more powerful than art,” Medlin said.
Medlin touted the “amazing” membership list of his committee, though many of them have been regularly absent from meetings.
The committee’s members included Emil Kang, UNC’s executive director for the arts; Patti Thorp, wife of Chancellor Holden Thorp; McKay Coble, chair of the faculty and the department of dramatic art and James Moeser, UNC’s most recent former chancellor.