SVAC welcomes new board president


MANCHESTER — The Southern Vermont Arts Center has welcomed a new board president with an extensive background in business and art.

Bob Van Degna, a native upstate New Yorker and Harvard Business School graduate, began his new position on Oct. 20. Previously, he acted as board liaison to SVAC staff.

Van Degna attended Cornell University and served in the U.S. Army. He worked at at Fleet Bank for 30 years, founding and co-leading the private equity business line for 20 years. In 2000, he spun off the business as a privately-owned entity called Nautic Partners.

In addition to his background in business, Van Degna has exhibited his photography several times in Vermont, self-published three photography books, and produced an independent documentary film titled Turning Pages. He is also on the board of the southwestern Vermont Healthcare Foundation.

"I have a passion for the arts and a desire to give back to the Manchester and Dorset communities," he said. "This is an opportunity to re-engage the community with an organization that has great importance to the cultural fabric of the area."

Christie Wisniewski can be reached at and at 802-447-7567, ext. 111.



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