Jeff King named chairman-elect of Cliburn board

The Cliburn Board of Directors announced Feb. 24 that long-time Fort Worth civic leader Jeff King has been selected as chairman-elect. He will succeed Carla Kemp Thompson as chairman in September 2017.

King, president of the Fort Worth Region of The Northern Trust Company, began his Cliburn board service as a member of the executive committee in 2002, and has served as treasurer and chairman of the Trustee Committee since 2011.

“I am excited and humbled by the opportunity to serve as the new chairman of the Cliburn later this year. In a city long known for its cowboys and culture, and home to some of the highest quality artistic and educational venues in the country, the Cliburn stands out as truly world class,” King was quoted as saying in a news release.

Thompson has served as chairman since January 2011, presiding over two Van Cliburn International Piano Competitions, two Cliburn Amateur Competitions and the inaugural Cliburn Junior Competition and Festival, as well as major expansions in the organization’s concert and educational programs. She joined the Board of Directors in 1994, was treasurer for 12 years, and served as chairman of six Cliburn galas.

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King currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, the Fort Worth Zoo, The Christian Church Foundation (Disciples of Christ), Amphibian Stage Productions and the Cliburn.

He also serves on the TCU College of Fine Arts Board of Visitors, and the Ambassadors Council of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. He is past chairman of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau, Fort Worth Sister Cities International and University Christian Church, and has served as vice chairman of Cook Children’s Medical Foundation and the Fort Worth Zoning Commission.

King holds a BBA degree in finance and real estate from Texas Christian University.

– FWBP Staff