Jerry Toomer brings a lifetime of arts appreciation to the Jordan College of Fine Arts’ Board of Visitors (BOV).
Toomer, who teaches in Butler’s College of Business and worked for The Dow Chemical Company and Dow AgroSciences for more than 25 years, sang in college, currently sings in a church band, has served on the Indiana Repertory Theatre board and supports leadership programs that the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) offers to corporate clients.
So when Dean Ron Caltabiano asked him to join the BOV, he was glad to accept.
“The Jordan College of Fine Arts (JCFA) is a jewel not only in the university but in the community,” he said. “So our goal with the Board of Visitors will be to continue to build the Jordan College’s brand both in the university and the community at large. There are continuing opportunities to strengthen the relationship between the Indianapolis community and the Jordan College.”
Toomer brings to the board extensive experience as a human resources executive, educator and psychologist. At Butler, he serves as an executive partner in the College of Business as well as an adjunct professor in the MBA program.
As part of an advanced leadership class in the MBA program, he collaborates with the Indianapolis Symphony to show how leadership plays out in both the business side of the orchestra and onstage with the musicians and the conductor. He has also played a key role in developing a leadership coaching program for all MBA students at Butler. Each MBA student has the opportunity to work with an executive leadership coach to develop their leadership skills.
With the Board of Visitors, Toomer said he wants to see JCFA students increasingly taking advantage of the arts in Indianapolis. He also hopes to encourage the community to participate in the hundreds of events the college presents each year.
“It’s a great time in the college’s history,” he said. “We have a new theater opening next year and lots of energy.”