TCA+A Appoints New President & Chief Executive Officer

11Paul Gravley, President and CEO

Fort Worth, TX – September 28, 2020 – Texas Center for Arts + Academics (TCAA) has announced the appointment of Paul Gravley as President and Chief Executive Officer. He will assume day-to-day leadership on October 2nd and will succeed Dr. Patricia Thomson, who has served as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of TCAA since August of 2019.

Before joining Texas Center for Arts + Academics, Gravley spent 5 years as Executive Director of The Parenting Center. The Parenting Center provides services to parents, caregivers, children, families, and people in need, striving to prevent child abuse and neglect by promoting positive parenting and serving as a resource center when abuse does occur. The Parenting Center serves an average of 16,000 clients each year, from all income levels and social groups. Responsible for the multi-million dollar annual budget, Gravley has a keen understanding of mission-based leadership and fund development. 

Gravley has already begun becoming acquainted with TCAA leadership, showing an immense passion for innovation and creativity to help move the organization forward. He stated, “It is an honor to serve as the next president and CEO of TCAA. As we embark on the next chapter of this 75-year-old organization, it is my hope to build on our greatest strengths: our students, our teachers, and our supporters.”

He has amassed more than 20 years in the non-profit sector, serving in a variety of leadership positions. An accomplished public speaker, Gravley has been featured across the country on topics from fundraising, leadership development, and public communication. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Southwestern University and a Masters of Divinity from Southern Methodist University and is a proud alumnus of The Houston Boychoir and the Southwestern University Singers.

About Texas Center for Arts + Academics

Texas Center for Arts + Academics (TCAA) is proud to celebrate 75 years of supporting the artistic excellence and academic success of our students. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, TCAA strives to make the arts accessible to all. Through community partnerships, two nationally ranked charter schools, public after-school conservatories, workshops, and summer camps, we provide resources that bring children, from all backgrounds, opportunities to experience and engage in the visual and performing arts.

Since the first rehearsal of the Denton Civic Boys Choir in 1946, we have grown from a small Boychoir that served 37 young men, to a robust nonprofit that plays a significant role in the Tarrant County arts community and culture, reaching over 1,000 students each day. TCAA provides year-round administrative and financial support to our schools and community fine arts programs. Learn more at

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