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Karen-McNeil Miller to head Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust.

By Todd Cohen

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Karen McNeil-Miller, vice president for corporate resources at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, has been named president of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem.

McNeil-Miller begins work Jan. 17 and will succeed E. Ray Cope, who is retiring after 13 years at the foundation.

With $510 million in assets, the foundation distributes $24 million a year in grants, focusing one-fourth of its assets on the poor and needy in Forsyth County and three-fourths on health issues throughout North Carolina.

McNeil-Miller, a native of Spindale in Rutherford County who will be the first non-banker, woman and African American to head the foundation, says she aims to continue its legacy of finding innovative and collaborative ways to address critical social needs.

Adam Searing, who directs the Health Access Coalition at the N.C. Justice Center in Raleigh, says the foundation has a “huge impact on improving the health of the underserved” in the state, and can “help to build an economy where people can get good jobs and have affordable health coverage, and that’s the real challenge for them.”

With bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a doctorate in education from Vanderbilt University, McNeil-Miller was a teacher and head of school at the Piedmont School in High Point before joining the Center for Creative Leadership 16 years ago.

In her first four years at the center, which has 485 employees and campuses in Greensboro, Colorado Springs, San Diego, Brussels and Singapore, she trained public school superintendents and started its program for nonprofit executives.

She has served for the past six years as vice president for corporate resources, responsible for managing facilities and support operations for all its campuses, and for human resources and client and assessment services for the entire organization.


Karen McNeil-Miller is the Incoming president of Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust.

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