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Trustee Spotlight - Dr. Ashley Allen

February 14, 2019 | Features


G. Ashley Allen, Ph.D.


Why was it important for you to serve Chapman Cultural Center as a board member?
I believe one of the things people consider when deciding whether to move to a new community or to remain in an existing community, after the availability of a job and good schools, is the availability of the arts. This interest may be as a participant or as a patron or just with the availability of the arts for someone in their family, such as their children, to learn about the art world whether it be the visual arts or the performing arts. The Chapman Cultural Center is important for our community in this regard in attracting new companies, jobs, and people. It helps make Spartanburg an exciting, vibrant community to live in and to raise a family. As a long time resident of Spartanburg, I wanted to be part of that and to give back to the community which has been so good to me and my family.


What are you most passionate about when you think about CCC’s work, mission, and impact?
The diversity of the arts and the cultural events that the CCC helps make available to all people in our community.

How would you describe Spartanburg’s cultural community?
Spartanburg’s cultural community is diverse, exciting and willing to do new things. Our cultural community is a lot about giving back and sharing with others in Spartanburg to make it a better place to live.


What are some of your proudest achievements as a Board Member when thinking of the impact they’ve had on the Spartanburg arts community?
As I am not a practitioner in an artistic field I have tried to be a patron of the arts. My emphasis as a Board Member has been to encourage financial stability and sustainability by the CCC. I was very pleased with the work last year and so far this year of the General Operating Support Grants Committee in providing funds to non-profit organizations which align with CCC’s vision and mission and advance the communities strategic priorities.

Do you have any advice for community members who want to get involved with CCC?
Do not sit on the sidelines and wait to be asked to become involved with CCC’s efforts. Step forward, volunteer and participate. Everyone is welcome. 

Originally from Chester South Carolina, Dr. Allen spent the entirety of his 39 year-long career with Milliken & Company. Before joining the company, he earned a B.S. in chemistry from Washington & Lee University and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Cornell University. He served in many roles across several divisions during his tenure, including President of the Chemical & Packing Division, President of the Chemical & Industrial Specialties Division, and President of Milliken Research Corporation. Dr. Allen led the company as President and CEO for the last years of his career, from 2002-2008. 

Community involvement is important to Dr. Allen evident by his work with many organizations through the years including: Chapman Cultural Center Board of Trustees, Apella Health Management Board of Directors, The Charles Lea Center Foundation Board of Trustees, South Carolina Birth Defects Foundation Board of Trustees, American Chemistry Council Board of Directors, University of South Carolina Chemical Engineering Department Industrial Advisory Board, Washington & Lee University Chemistry Department Advisory Board, Executive Committee of the Society of Chemical Industry American Section, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Foundation Board of Trustees, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, American Chemical Society, and South Carolina Council on Competitiveness. He also served on the Milliken & Company Board of Directors for 2006 to 2010. 

Dr. Allen is husband to Gwin, father of three, and grandfather of ten. 

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