“We are honored to have a community leader of Sharon’s caliber join our Board of Trustees,” said SUNY Broome President Kevin E. Drumm. “We thank County Executive Jason Garnar for her appointment. Trustee Ball has a breadth of experience in many quarters, ranging from nonprofits and the arts to national journalism. She will be an added asset to our distinguished Board members.”
Currently self-employed as a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant, Ball retired in 2015 after 11 years as the Broome County Arts Council’s director and has received multiple awards, including a Sigma Award from Binghamton University’s Department of Public Administration , a Nonprofit Award for Career Achievement, and a Phoenix Award for community service from Citizen Action New York.
In addition to SUNY Broome, Ball also serves on WSKG Public Media’s News Advisory Board, and is a past member of the Lourdes Hospital Board of Directors, the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena Board, and the Women’s Fund Leadership Committee at the Community Foundation for South Central New York. Previous statewide appointments include the New York State Attorney General’s Committee on Nonprofit Revitalization and grant panels for the New York State Council of the Arts.
“I think that SUNY Broome is a gem for the community and I’m very happy to contribute in any way I can,” Ball said.
Before moving to the Southern Tier with her husband, award-winning fine art photographer and educator JW Johnston, in 2003, Ball spent three decades as a broadcast journalist. Her experience includes senior editorial, production and on-air positions with NPR in Washington, D.C., as well as commercial radio networks in the U.S. and American military stations in the Far East. Her journalism honors include a Case Media Fellowship at Harvard University, two Gabriel Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, and an Alfred I. DuPoint Award, and she was named a senior scholar of the Fetzer Institute of Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Ball also served in the White House as a staff member during the Carter Administration, and sang professionally while living in Japan and in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S.
A native of southeastern Ohio, Ball attended Ohio University and George Mason University and currently resides in Whitney Point.
“The Board of Trustees welcomes Sharon Ball to our ranks. She brings expertise that will enhance our already involved board,” said Board President Margaret Coffey. “We are delighted with the County Executive ‘s choice and we will, with Sharon, continue to support this great institution.”