The Board of Directors for Business Council for the Arts (BCA) named Stacie Wheelock Adams its new CEO eﬀective June 1, 2023. The appointment was announced to staﬀ and community partners by the Founder’s Chair Nancy A. Nasher, Chairman Joel Austin, and Chair of the Search Committee Larry Glasgow. Adams succeeds Katherine Wagner who retires after more than 14 years of dedicated service.
For more than 35 years, Business Council for the Arts has stimulated municipalities, businesses, and individuals to support the arts in the workplace, in education, and in the community throughout North Texas.
‘We are thrilled to announce Stacie Adams’ selection as the BCA’s new CEO,” said Nasher. “Stacie is a leader who has an excellent reputation in the arts community, deep relationships in the business sector, and an enthusiasm and commitment to helping the BCA continue its important mission.” Austin added, “Stacie’s talent, experience, and passion for forging new paths for arts and business in our region make her the ideal successor.”
Adams joins the BCA following a notable career in arts leadership in Dallas, serving as deputy director of the Crow Museum of Asian Art as part of an esteemed six years with the museum. Prior to joining the museum, Adams served more than ﬁve years as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s director of public relations and communications. Adams is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing and management.
Adams comes to the BCA from her most recent position serving as senior vice president of external aﬀairs at Axxess, the leading technology innovator for care at home in the United States. In this role, Adams designed and implemented the company’s overarching strategy for philanthropy and community engagement. Working closely with Axxess Founder and CEO John Olajide, Adams oversaw the development of corporate citizenship and university partnerships and programs while serving as liaison with key stakeholders, including community and nonproﬁt organizations throughout North Texas.