W. Randy Eaddy
President and CEO, Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County
A native of Johnsonville, South Carolina, Randy Eaddy is a 1976 summa cum laude graduate of Furman University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Blue Key and the Quaternion Society. He was graduated from Harvard Law School in 1979, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Randy has been President and CEO of The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County since August 2018, when he retired after 38 years as a corporate and securities lawyer, most of which as a partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.
Randy is a Trustee Emeritus of Furman University (having served on the Board of Trustees for 22 years, beginning in 1993). Randy has also served on the boards of the Winston-Salem State University Foundation, the Elon University School of Law, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Crosby Scholars Community Partnership, The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Festival Stage of Winston-Salem, the Alliance Theatre Company, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, Good Government Atlanta, and numerous other civic organizations.
Randy’s longstanding interest in public policy and social issues led to involvement in numerous pro bono projects at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, for which he was the team leader, including an analysis and report on the 54 countries of “The Americas” for inclusion in Global Injustice: an Overview of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance, a report by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law; a 50-state analysis and report on “The Selection of State Court Judges: Review of Methods and Principal Implications” for the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice; and a 50-state analysis and report on “The Right to Bail and Other Limits on Pre-Adjudication Detention of Juveniles” for the Georgia Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Randy was listed for over 25 years in Best Lawyers in America® for Corporate Law, and he was active in bar associations as a writer and speaker on topics for the continuing education and advancement of the legal profession. Randy has a long and intense interest in the business case for diversity and inclusion. In 2000, he developed and was the lead author of the chapter on “Diversity (and Inclusion)” for the Thomson/Reuters multi-volume treatise Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel, which he supplemented annually until 2019 (often with assistance from Furman students who were serving as summer interns at his firm) and rewrote a new edition in each of 2005, 2010, 2014 and 2017.
In 2010, Randy was elected to Furman’s Politics & International Affairs Department’s Hall of Fame. Among other honors, reflecting the broad range of his interests and contributions, Randy received the 1999 President’s Award from the Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists in recognition of his contributions to the African American community as an attorney, legal scholar and civic leader, and the 2005 Team Hope Award from the Huntington’s Disease Society of America for Corporate Management and Diversity Leadership.
Randy describes attending Furman as “the epicenter of my development”, and cites his participation in Furman’s Study Abroad Program to England, during the Fall of 1975, as his most enlightening and impactful formative experience.