Dogwood Arts announce new director

Knoxville Dogwood Arts’ Board of Directors has selected Tom Cervone as new Executive Director. Cervone is currently the managing director of the University of Tennessee’s College of Business Professional MBA program.

Cervone previously served as the first executive director of the Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation. Prior to that, he spent 23 years managing UT’s Clarence Brown Theatre. Cervone currently serves on the board of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Greater Knoxville, the advisory board for the College of Business at Maryville College, as well as the boards of WordPlayers and River & Rail Theatre Company.


“We are thrilled to have found an accomplished and innovative Executive Director to lead Dogwood Arts in further solidifying its role as the pre-eminent provider of arts and culture programming in the community,” says Eddie Mannis, chair of the executive director search committee.

Cervone replaces Lisa Duncan, Dogwood Arts Executive Director since 2008, who announced her desire to turn over the leadership in May.