Christen Boone has been named president and chief executive officer of the Fund for the Arts organization in Louisville, effective Sept. 1. Boone will succeed Barbara Sexton Smith, who will retire at the end of August.
♦ Gary Pierce has been named vice president for First Security Bank’s Bowling Green market. Pierce comes to First Security from US Bank in Glasgow, where he was community president and commercial relationship manager.
Clifford A. Reed has joined Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corp. (Tri-ED) as assistant director of the Northern Kentucky ezone.
♦ Brigitte Blom Ramsey has been named associate executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. Ramsey succeeds Cynthia Heine, who has retired.
♦ Katherine P. Frank has been named dean of the Northern Kentucky University College of Arts and Sciences. Frank comes to the position from Indiana University East, where she is dean of humanities and social sciences. Cynthia J. Reed has been named dean of the College of Education and Human Services. She comes to NKU from Auburn University, where she currently serves as an endowed professor of educational leadership and director of the Auburn College of Education’s Truman Pierce Institute, which focuses on improving teaching and leadership. Rebecca I. Porterfield has been named dean of NKU’s Haile/US Bank College of Business. Porterfield currently serves as graduate associate dean of the University of North Carolina Wilmington Cameron School of Business.
♦ Kimberly Kempf-Leonard has been named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Louisville. Kempf-Leonard comes to UofL from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, where she has been dean of the College of Liberal Arts since 2011.
Dan Cahill has been named vice president and market leader for Kentucky for HORAN, an employee benefits and financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati.
Steve Bale has been named general sales manager for Winchester-based Ale-8-One Bottling Co.
Charlie Lanter has been named to the newly created position of director of the Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention in Lexington.
♦ Dr. Gregory Barnes has been named the inaugural permanent director of the University of Louisville Autism Center. Barnes, who will also hold the Spafford Ackerly Chair for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and faculty positions in the departments of neurology and pediatrics, comes to UofL from Vanderbilt University.
♦ David J. Bensema has been named chief information officer at Baptist Health, where he will be responsible for leading and developing technology structures across the system.
♦ Melody Kitchen has been appointed communications manager for University of Louisville Physicians.
♦ Doug Jones has been named regional chief information officer for KentuckyOne Health.
Brian A. Kane has been appointed senior vice president and chief financial officer for Louisville-based Humana Inc.
♦ Ashland Inc. CEO James O’Brien has announced that he will retire effective Dec. 31, 2014.
♦ Linda L. Rumpke has resigned as president and chief executive officer of Bardstown-based Town & Country Bank and Trust Co. Thomas A. Wimsett has been named interim president and chief executive officer by the board of directors.