Dolly Parton Announces New Role For Dollywood Foundation CEO
Dolly Parton and The Dollywood Foundation announced today she has tapped David Dotson, the current foundation CEO, to pursue important future projects for her and her companies.
“I have worked with David for 21 years, so he certainly has a special place in my heart,” Parton said. “I know he will help my companies create programs that will inspire children and their families. I have often said that my songs and everything I do is to help make others feel better and to encourage them to be more. This mission will be even more important when I am no longer on this earth.”
Dotson has been instrumental in shaping the Dollywood Foundation, especially the Imagination Library program which currently gifts a book each month to 1.8 million children. Since its inception, the Imagination Library has gifted more than 150 million books to children in five countries.
“My role at the Dollywood Foundation and the Imagination Library has been a dream come true,” said Dotson. “Leading the Imagination Library from Sevier County to being a worldwide inspiration for children has given me great joy, however I look forward to this new role and new challenge with great anticipation.”
Ted Miller, Vice Chairperson of The Dollywood Foundation, said, “Our past and current success has been due to special people like David who have committed their careers to its excellence and growth.”
Parton and the Board of Directors also announced the promotion of Jeff Conyers, the current President of The Dollywood Foundation, to assume the leadership role of the organization. Parton said, “Jeff has been with us for 10 years and has proven he has the leadership skills to take over the reins. You will be hearing a lot from him as he takes us to the next level.”
Dotson will continue his support of The Dollywood Foundation by becoming the Treasurer of the Board of Directors.
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