Georgia Governor Makes Appointments to Arts Panel

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Georgia's chief financial officer, 62-year-old Thomas Hills of Atlanta, was named chairman of the Capitol Arts Standard Commission. He has worked for decades in the banking industry, notably for Wachovia and First National Bank of Atlanta.

His community involvement includes the Atlanta Historical Society, the High Museum of Art and the Atlanta Opera.

Perdue also named Stephan L. Penley and Steve Smith to the board. Penley is a 42-year-old artist and the owner of Penley Art Company of Carrollton. Smith, of Atlanta, is vice president of corporate responsibility for Turner Broadcasting System Inc. He is 42.

The panel will consider who should be honored at the state Capitol.

The arts commission was created by a law passed in 2006, but at a hearing earlier this week lawmakers complained that Perdue was holding things up by not making his appointments to the 15-member commission.

The House Special Rules Committee said they could not consider a proposal to place a portrait of Coretta Scott King at the Capitol because the panel would need to review it.

Perdue spokesman Dan McLagan said at the time that the delay was simply the governor trying to find the right people for the assignment.