The Woodruff Arts Center announced today that Patrick J. (Pat) Gunning has been appointed chief financial officer effective November 2. Gunning will oversee the business operations of The Woodruff Arts Center, home to the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre, the Grammy Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and the High Museum of Art, the leading art museum in the Southeast.
“We are excited to bring Pat on board,” said Woodruff President and CEO Hala Moddelmog. “As we navigate the financial challenges that many arts centers across the country face this year due to the pandemic, we feel that strong enterprise leadership is a priority now more than ever. Pat brings extensive financial experience to lead us not only through this exceptional year, but through a post-pandemic era at the Arts Center as well.”
Gunning brings more than 30 years of financial expertise to the Woodruff, joining the organization most recently from Ernst & Young, LLP, where he retired from his role as Southeast region leader, financial accounting advisory services in June 2020. Previously he served as assurance division leader for Arthur Andersen, LLP, where he led a team of 110 professionals. During his career, Gunning has led audit and advisory services for organizations such as Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Oxford Industries, Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine and CARE. His leadership includes a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.
A native Atlantan, Gunning has a long history of participation at The Woodruff Arts Center. He has served on the Alliance Theatre board of directors since 2006, including a term serving as chair of the finance and annual fund committee. He served on the Woodruff Arts Center board of trustees as a member of the finance committee from 2011 to 2013.
“It’s an honor to begin my new role at The Woodruff Arts Center,” said Gunning. “The Arts Center has been a part of my life since childhood, and I’ve seen firsthand the essential role it plays in our community. I’m looking forward to bringing new ideas to this organization and helping it advance.”
Gunning holds a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame. He will report to Moddelmog.
About the Woodruff Arts Center
The Woodruff Arts Center is one of the largest arts centers in the United States and is home to the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre, the Grammy Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and the High Museum of Art, the leading art museum in the Southeast. Over 800,000 patrons visit Woodruff annually to enjoy outstanding theatre, music and exhibitions. The Woodruff Arts Center is also the largest arts educator in the state of Georgia, serving more than 150,000 students each year. To learn more, visit https://www.woodruffcenter.org/.
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