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Shane Fernando

Vice President of Advancement and the Arts
sfernando@cfcc.edu

Shane Fernando has been serving in the public and arts administration fields for over twenty years; one major focus of his work has been developing programs and opportunities to engage students in his organizations’ work, leading to the major tenet of CFCC’s Wilson Center mission – “to serve as a  laboratory for student learning.”

Fernando oversees the CFCC Foundation and institutional development, administering one of the largest community college scholarship endowments in the state. He also serves as executive & artistic director of the Wilson Center, eastern North Carolina’s largest and most technologically advanced performing arts center, and Broadway national touring house. In 2019 he was recognized as Presenter of the Year by the North American Performing Arts Managers & Agents.

He previously served at UNC Wilmington, as Director of Campus Life Arts and Programs and taught as an adjunct faculty member in the UNCW Department of Communication Studies. Fernando earned a communication studies degree and a master’s degree in public administration from UNC Wilmington. As senior class president, he conceived and spearheaded the concept and fundraising for the UNCW Millennium Clock Tower, which still is the largest student-organized gift project in the nation. After graduation, he moved to Washington, DC to work in the U.S. Senate. He currently serves as a trustee for Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts and is also the programming consultant for the Hall, overseeing the booking of the Main Attractions Series.  

Fernando also serves as a trustee for DanceUSA. He served for four years as an advisor to the National Dance Project by the New England Foundation for the Arts; he is also a cohort member of the South Arts Dance Touring Initiative, advocating for the dance genre across the American South. His work at the Wilson Center supports the creation and development of new work, including techs for national Broadway tours and dance companies, most recently the workshopping of BD Wong’s new musical “Mr. Holland’s Opus”.  

Fernando is on the advisory board for the Masters of Public Administration program at UNC Wilmington and is also a board member for the Coastal Horizons Center, Arts North Carolina, as well as the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County. He also serves as immediate past president of the North Carolina Presenters Consortium, is a public arts commentator for WHQR Public Radio, and a member of the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). 

He was recognized as “WilmingtonBiz 100 – one of the region’s most influential and innovative people” in 2019 and 2020 respectively and “Most Intriguing People of 2014” by the Greater Wilmington Business Journal, “One of the 12 to Watch in 2015” by the Wilmington StarNews, and was recognized as the “Best Director of a Musical” for the Wilmington Theatre Awards in 2015. He has been a director, property master, and actor in over 150 Wilmington theatre productions. Shane is also a backyard beekeeper. 

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