Stanley Crouch President of The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation Announces Organizational Leadership Changes
Today, Stanley Crouch president of the Louis Armstrong EducationalFoundation, Inc. announced organizational leadership changes. The legendary Louis Armstrong, widely known for shifting the direction of American music, through jazz, appointed Phoebe Jacobs as the driving force behind the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation. Until April of last year she was the Foundation's Executive Vice President, and "the face" of the organization. With her passing in 2012 the Foundation has continued the mission which has for 36 years been the living legacy of Louis Armstrong providing support to music education organizations that are preserving America's classical music, Jazz.
Stanley Crouch, stated that at its annual meeting Jackie Harris (a current LAEF Board Director) was appointed the organization's Executive Director. In making the announcement Crouch said, " Jackie Harris is well known and respected for her accomplishments in the world of jazz; with her proficiency in arts administration she has all the skills the Louis Armstrong Foundation needs to carry forth the Foundation's vision."
Jackie Harris said, "As a member of the LAEF Board I have been a part of the leadership team and have enjoyed the opportunity to also serve as the Special Projects Director, working very closely with Phoebe Jacobs, Stanley Crouch and the other members of the Board. I am looking forward to helping to expand the reach and fulfill the mission of the Louis Armstrong Foundation."
Crouch also announced the unanimous election of Robin-Bell Stevens as Vice President and the appointment of Susan Jacobs Devens to fill the seat left vacant by Phoebe Jacobs. He said, "With the unanimous election of Robin Bell- Stevens a current Board Director, a daughter of former Ellington bassist Aaron Bell, and a highly regarded professional in arts administration and the jazz community; along with the appointment of Phoebe Jacob's daughter Susan Devens, who for many years worked with Phoebe we are confident that the Foundation will only get stronger as they work together with our Executive Director and Board of Directors."