Murfreesboro's Loughry to serve as TN Arts Commission vice chair

Andrea Loughry

Murfreesboro arts leader Andrea Loughry will serve as the vice chair of the Tennessee Arts Commission for the next year, after having been appointed to the post on July 1.

Commission members unanimously approved new leadership during the quarterly meeting held in Nashville earlier this year. Steve Bailey of Knoxville will serve as chair; Hank Dye of Townsend will serve as secretary.

Anne B. Pope, executive director of the Tennessee Arts Commission, said, “We are excited to welcome Mrs. Loughry as our incoming vice chair. She is a committed community and arts leader in Murfreesboro and Rutherford County, and has been a strong voice at the commission for the past several years. We will benefit from her experience as a long-time arts advocate and champion.”

Loughry was appointed for a five-year term to the commission in 2014.

“I was honored to be appointed by Gov. (Bill) Haslam to serve my community and state in this capacity. For the past year, I have been working with our three art laureates to establish a cultural collaborative supporting Rutherford County’s creative community in broad partnership with local institutions and non-profits. Now, I hope that I can contribute even more in helping to forward the collective impact of the arts in Tennessee’s schools and communities,” Loughry said.

Loughry is a member of the Jones Foundation and the MTSU Foundation. She serves as chair of the Council of Stewards for the First United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro. A retired business owner, she is president emeritus of Miller-Loughry-Beach, one of the largest insurance agencies in Middle Tennessee, an affiliate of Pinnacle National Financial Partners.

A graduate of the University of Tennessee, she taught for 10 years at MTSU and then opened an independent insurance agency. She later became the founding chair of the Mind2Marketplace, an organization dedicated to bringing the best and brightest ideas in Middle Tennessee to reality.

Loughry is also former vice chair of the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees and former chair of the UT Foundation. She served as the first female chair of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce and has been selected as one of their “Business Legends.”

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