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Welborn Alexander paints the colorful wooden barrier during the construction of the Blowing
Rock Art and History Museum in 2011.

Originally published: 2012-05-24 13:41:16
Last modified: 2012-05-24 13:44:07

Alexander stepping down from post

Leading an organization for more than a decade can prove challenging, daunting and exhilarating — and Welborn Alexander has surely experienced all of these emotions and more during his tenure as president of the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum board of trustees. 

Through the years, more than 30 trustees have been involved in the management of the organization, and many of those who have served with Alexander agree that his leadership and guidance have been extraordinary and have helped established the museum as one of the leading nonprofits in North Carolina.  

Alexander, along with support from his wife, Patty, has devoted countless hours to securely establishing the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum’s basis for operation.  With broad knowledge about the workings of museums and a renowned personal art collection, the Alexanders were instrumental in the early planning, years-long fundraising and significant building of the structure that is now positioned to serve as a cultural resource for the region. 

The membership of BRAHM will hold its annual Members Appreciation Day at 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, in the Community Meeting Room at the museum. Presiding at the meeting will be the final duty for Alexander, and he approaches it with a mixed viewpoint.  

“On the one hand, it feels like the right time to turn the reins over to another president who can guide the organization through the next phase of its development.  However, my involvement with BRAHM has been so extensive for so many years that I know I will definitely miss the frequent interaction with the staff and daily decision-making that goes on at the museum,” Alexander said. 

The trustees have asked Alexander to remain active by serving as the chairman of the nominating committee, and he has agreed to do that.  

His institutional history and vast knowledge will be invaluable for bringing new talent to the board, BRAHM officials said.  

And he says he will continue to participate in the travel decisions of the group, which offers biannual educational trips throughout the United States with a goal of broadening the traveling members’ knowledge of history and art, as well as increasing camaraderie within the group. 

While his direct participation at BRAHM may lessen somewhat in the months ahead, Alexander has assured those who are still involved that he will always be “just a phone call away” for advice, guidance and perspective.  

And perhaps he’ll pop into the building every now and then, as well. 
For more information and stories, see The Blowing Rocket.

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