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Cornish College of the Arts Board Appointments and Elections

December 02, 2009

SEATTLE, WA – Cornish College of the Arts recently welcomed Gloria J. Burgess, PhD to its Board of Trustees and elected John Gordon Hill as board chair, Virginia Anderson as first vice chair and Joseph Brotherton as treasurer.

John Gordon Hill is a director and cinematographer.  He also teachers at Seattle Center and the UW, and directs at Youth Theatre Northwest.  His daughter Megan was a 2002 graduate of Cornish College of the Arts. 

Virginia Lynn Anderson has served as President of SAFECO Insurance Foundation, and former Director of the Seattle Center. She has served on civic and corporate boards including the Seattle Girls School, the National Architectural Accrediting Board, Housing Resources Group, Leadership Tomorrow, Downtown Seattle Association, University of Washington Foundation, the Washington Energy Company, United Way of King County, and the Pacific Northwest Ballet, among others. In 2007, for her continued efforts, Virginia was honored with the Puget Sound Business Journal Women of Influence Award. Additional accolades include the Consul-General’s Award, Consul General of Japan in Seattle (2006); Legion of Honor Award, Seattle Center Foundation (2006); Human Relations Award, American Jewish Committee (Seattle, 2004); LaGasse Medal Award, American Society of Landscape Architects (2004); and the Flying Dragons Partner’s Award, The Center School (2004). Virginia holds an MPA from the University of Washington and a BA from Southern Connecticut State College.

Joseph L Brotherton is an Attorney and a CPA and has been practicing in Seattle for over 25 years.  In addition, he has owned a number of operating businesses and has developed, built and owns real estate projects in several western states.  He teaches Ethics, Law & Commerce and related subjects at the University of Washington and Seattle University and, on occasion, at Cornish. He is the President of the Attorney-CPA Foundation and the UW Law School Foundation and past Chairman of the Cornish Board.  Joe and his wife Maureen have five children and two grandchildren, so far.

Gloria J. Burgess, PhD is a former executive in the computer software industry. In the mid-90s she left that sector and founded Jazz, Inc., her consulting and executive coaching firm; Jazz’s clients include AT&T, Boeing, Microsoft, MSNBC, Vulcan, Providence Health Systems, Girl Scouts of America, International Coach Federation, and diverse non-profits, including Casey Family Programs, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Helene Fuld Trust, and Noel House. An Associate Professor at the Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center and former faculty at the University of Washington, Gloria is also an award-winning poet, author, performing artist, director, and inspirational speaker. She counts among her many memorable engagements an invitation by Switzerland’s South African Embassy to present the opening keynote honoring the 50th anniversary of the historic anti-apartheid Women’s March on the Government Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa.

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About Cornish College of the Arts

Cornish College of the Arts is nationally recognized as a premier college of the visual and performing arts offering Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in dance, theater, art, design and performance production, and a Bachelor of Music degree. A pioneer in arts education, Cornish College of the Arts sprang from the remarkable vision of Nellie Cornish, a woman determined to cultivate the arts in Seattle when it was scarcely more than a frontier town. Her philosophy of educating the artist through exposure to all the arts was progressive at the time, and continues to be innovative today.