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William Hancock Joins Richmond Ballet as Director of Advancement

April 29th, 2014

Former Board President and Richmond-native returns to The State Ballet of Virginia

Richmond, VA – Richmond Ballet is pleased to announce that William G. Hancock, a former business lawyer at Troutman Sanders and former President of the Richmond Ballet Board of Trustees, has re-joined Richmond Ballet as the Director of Advancement. As Director of Advancement, Mr. Hancock will oversee the Ballet’s development department, will direct campaigns designed to promote the Ballet’s long-term financial sustainability, and will work on special projects including the Ballet’s upcoming Road to China initiative. Mr. Hancock has previously served two terms as the President of the Ballet’s Board, during which he played a significant role in both the Ballet’s ‘Raise the Roof’ and “Anniversary” Campaigns. Throughout his 30+ year relationship with The State Ballet of Virginia, Mr. Hancock has managed a variety of the Ballet’s outreach and development initiatives, including the Corps of the Richmond Ballet (an all male engagement group) and the Encore Society while also serving on the Marketing Committee which set the tone for the company’s inaugural trip to the Joyce Theatre in 2005.

Mr. Hancock joins Richmond Ballet after serving in a variety of roles for several start-up companies, which followed a 34-year law career working at Troutman Sanders, LLP, and its predecessor, Mays and Valentine. Both a partner and the Chair of the firm’s Marketing Committee, Mr. Hancock worked at Mays and Valentine for 25 years before becoming Counsel for Troutman Sanders in 2000. Mr. Hancock’s key areas of practice at Troutman Sanders included commercial real estate development and finance, legislative and regulatory matters relating to the life and health insurance industries, and issues affecting early stage companies, including strategy, corporate structure, capital formation and financing.

Mr. Hancock brings considerable non-profit fundraising experience to the Ballet, having previously worked on campaigns for St. Christopher’s School, the YMCA, United Way, and the American Heart Association. In addition, Mr. Hancock has served on numerous boards, including that of a publicly traded company, as well as of small businesses and not-for-profit arts and educational organizations including Richmond Ballet, the Richmond Symphony, St. Christopher’s School, and the Richmond Ronald McDonald House. He has also served on the Executive Committee of the Virginia Bar Association, as the President of the Alumni Association for St. Christopher’s School, and as the Vice-President of the Richmond Tennis Patrons.

Mr. Hancock holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia, attended Tulane University Law School, and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Richmond, where he sat on The Moot Court and the Editorial Board for the University’s Law Review.

Mr. Hancock and his wife, Austin Cary Hancock, have two children, Robert and Charles, ages eleven and nine, and three grown children, Claiborne Hancock, a publisher, James Hancock, a filmmaker and Carter Johnston, a fashion designer, all working in New York City.