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Chief financial officer moves up
to lead International Civil Rights
Center and Museum
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The International Civil Rights Center & Museum
(ICRCM) in Greensboro has named John Swaine, who
has been chief financial officer with ICRCM since 2009
and chief operating officer since November, to chief exec
utive officer, chief financial officer. Bayard 'Bay' Love is
joining as chief operating officer, director of development.
Swaine will continue to lead the organization and
manage the critical accounting responsibilities associated
with the end of the tax credit arrangements that have
financed the ICRCM and are set to unwind in 2016.
"Swaine's more than 25 years of financial and mana
gerial experience, his tenure with the organization, and his
demonstrated leadership make him an ideal person to lead
ICRCM through its next phase of growth," the museum's
board said in a news release.
As chief operating officer and director of develop
ment, Love will work closely with Swaine and the board
to guide the longer-term strategy, engage museum visitors
and supporters, and implement operational initiatives.
Love will also lead the museum's fundraising and devel
Board Chairwoman Deena Hayes-Greene said, "The
board unanimously supported promoting John to the CEO
position, and agreed that Bay brings the right combination
of experience in nonprofit work and business. Together
we expect that the team will work our board to successful
ly meet our short-term financial needs and develop our
long-term operating model.
"Equally as important, Bay has a deep understanding
of contemporary civil rights issues and the ongoing chal
lenges of racial inequity. He will play a critical role in
developing and attracting content that will keep ICRCM
on the cutting edge of our present-day lunch-counter
issues, such as health disparities, achievement gaps in
education, and the growing racial wealth divide."
Love has a Master's in Business Administration from
UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School and a Master's in
Public Policy from the Duke Sanford School of Public
He left a job with a leading corporate strategy firm to
join the team in Greensboro and has significant nonprofit
experience from his four and a half years as Chief
Financial Officer at a community clinic that he helped
found and lead in post-Katrina New Orleans.
He has also served as a consultant and volunteer to
numerous organizations working on present-day civil
rights issues. Since 2013, he has provided limited pro
bono support and counsel to ICRCM and is familiar with
some of the key challenges and opportunities facing the
"I'm honored to be joining such an important institu
tion," Love said, "I think that the mission and vision of
ICRCM are particularly relevant today as businesses, aca
demics, and communities across the country continue the
movement towards diversity, inclusion, and equity that the
Greensboro Four represent. I'm also excited to work John,
our board, and partners across the city and state to carry
ICRCM's important work into its next phase."
"The decision was unanimous. All of us on the board
are ready to roll up our sleeves. Within the next two years,
we will exit our tax credit arrangement and meet all of the
outstanding obligations associated with the initial capital
outlay." said Ron Milstein, who will be working closely
with Love in as chair of the board's development commit
"We currently have over 70,000 visitors annually, and
have garnered attention and support locally and from
across the country. Bay's business and nonprofit experi
ence, combined with his understanding of modem day
civil rights issues make him the perfect addition to help
lead the museum to even higher levels." said Earl Jones,
one of ICRCM's founders.
According to Nancy Vaughn, Greensboro Mayor and
ICRCM board member since 2013, "We still have chal
lenges and decisions ahead, but we're equally excited
about the opportunities.
With our expanded board, and with Deena, John, and
Bay in leadership, we have turned a comer and I look for
ward to being an active part of what's to come."
The International Civil Rights Center & Museum
(ICRCM) is a historic landmark, an exhibiting and col
lecting institution, and an educational service organiza
tion. ICRCM promotes an understanding of the struggles
for social justice and equality in the United States and
across the globe.
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