Sundance Institute Elects Pat Mitchell to Chair Board of Trustees

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Pat Mitchell

The former Paley Center president and CEO has served on the Sundance board since 1988

The Sundance Institute has elected Pat Mitchell to chair its Board of Trustees.

Mitchell, who previously served as vice chair, will immediately replace outgoing chair Walter Weisman, who has been named chair emeritus. Jeanne Donovan Fisher and Geoff Sands will replace her as vice chairs. 

"As a leader in her field, Pat Mitchell has long championed the value of the storyteller, not just in entertainment, but in society at large," Sundance Institute founder and president Robert Redford said in a statement. "She clearly understands and is committed to the mission of Sundance. We are fortunate to have her leadership, and we welcome her to her new role."

Sundance Institute executive director Keri Putnam added, "Sundance Institute has benefited greatly from Wally’s exceptional leadership, and it has been my distinct privilege to work with him. Pat is a revered nonprofit leader and visionary and veteran of our Board who brings genuine enthusiasm for the work of the Institute and a deep understanding of the organization."

Mitchell has served on the board of the Sundance Institute since 1988. She was president and CEO of the Paley Center for Media from March 2006 to May 2014 and now serves as the organization's executive vice chairman. In her term as president, her work included rebranding the Paley Center, which was previously called the Museum of Television and Radio.

She came to the Paley Center from PBS, where in 2000 she was named the organization's first female president and CEO. Before that, she was a journalist and producer for three decades, covering the White House and other national news. She is a member of the board of nonprofits including the Mayo Foundation, the Jordan River Foundation, Women's Forum Inc. and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and she currently sits on the corporate board of AOL.

The Sundance Institute is best known for the Sundance Film Festival. It runs workshop programs in documentary and narrative filmmaking, screenwriting, composing and other areas, and it recently announced a lab for TV writers and creators.

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