Foundation For Bluegrass Names Tom Kopp as First Executive Director!

PRESCRIPTION BLUEGRASS IMAGE - TOM KOPPTom Kopp of Asheville, NC, has been selected to be the first Executive Director of the Foundation for Bluegrass, as announced by Kitsy Kuykendall, Board Chair. He will begin serving on January 1, 2014.

Kuykendall expressed that Kopp will be a fine asset to the Foundation. “We are very proud to be able to have such a dedicated person as Tom Kopp agree to serve as our first Executive Director,” she said. “The board firmly believes that this is the next big step for the Foundation.”

Kopp, who retired as a college professor of education at Miami (Ohio) University after 30 years, has been immersed in the bluegrass community for many years, serving as a dedicated leader in bluegrass education, and bluegrass culture and appreciation.

He has served on the Foundation’s board, and has taught “Utilizing Bluegrass Music in the classroom” workshops in 17 states during his tenure as IBMA’s Bluegrass in the Schools committee chairperson.

Kopp says he is ready to give all the gifts he has to the position.“I look forward to being at the base of an organization that spreads joy, and is such a positive thing,” he said.

Source: IBMA

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