The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge is pleased to announce that Dan Layman has been named President and Chief Executive Officer, effective March 4, 2013. Mr. Layman succeeds Becky Kohler who announced her planned retirement last fall after leading the Foundation for five years.
Mr. Layman has 20 years experience in development and fundraising, primarily in the field of higher education. Most recently Mr. Layman has served as Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Mary Baldwin College.
“We are so pleased that Dan has accepted the role as CEO for our Community Foundation. He has the demonstrated ability to help the Community Foundation continue to grow and meet the needs in this special place we call home,” says Laura Jean Brand, M.D., Board Chair.
“Ultimately, our goal is to grow our endowment to $30 million, which will allow us to give back over $1 million to the community every year,” explains Brand. “Dan is committed to helping us reach this milestone in the next five years.”
“We are tremendously grateful for Becky’s outstanding leadership, her vision for the future, and for managing our growth over time” says Brand, adding that Kohler will remain closely involved through the transition and as a consultant to the Foundation.
Mr. Layman has previously served local organizations such as American Shakespeare Theatre, the Frontier Culture Museum, and Historic Staunton Foundation. Mr. Layman earned a Bachelor’s Degree at Youngstown State University, and Masters Degree from Miami University in Ohio. He lives in Staunton with his wife Pamela Fox, and also has a home in Augusta County.