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Events manager joins Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts

November 19, 2001

Effective Oct. 22, Memphis native Kathy O'Gwin replaced Shelia Boone as events manager in the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts. Boone vacated the position upon her appointment as director of alumni and annual giving.

From July 1986-June 2000, O'Gwin was the community affairs coordinator at the University of Memphis, where she oversaw the projects of the University of Memphis Society Inc., a non-profit academic support organization. In addition to breaking membership records several times and establishing the society's scholastic achievement award, O'Gwin coordinated annual banquets, special events and board meetings; wrote and revised publications and managed the university's speaker's bureau.

Most recently, she worked as an administrative aide in the department of Neurology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. As such, she organized grand rounds forums, prepared contracts and produced departmental brochures.

O'Gwin graduated from the University of Memphis with a bachelor's degree in English and began her career in the university's public relations office.

As events manager, her duties include organizing and publicizing center-sponsored events, negotiating guest artist contracts and coordinating scheduled appearances. She also serves as a host to visiting artists, oversees the APSU/Clarksville Community Concert Artist Series and writes grants for various arts projects.

Born and raised in Memphis, Kathy O'Gwin is the daughter of Harry and Irene O'Gwin, of Memphis. She lives in Clarksville.