Edward “Woody” White, who has been part of the leadership team of the Fox Theatre for 40 years, the last 15 as its Chair of the Board, has retired.

A true visionary, White led the Fox Theatre through several transformations and great accomplishments that have elevated the theatre nationally and internationally as it became a known hub for innovative and diverse performances.

Under his leadership, the Fox Theatre held more than 10,000 performances, attracted more than 20 million visitors and hosted over 4,000 private events that profoundly impacted Atlanta’s cultural heritage, arts scene and community vibrancy.

As Chair of the Board, White led the a $100 million-plus effort for the restoration, maintenance and preservation of the Fox Theatre, which has fortified the theatre’s position, ensuring its financial stability and readiness to serve the community for another century. He also championed the cleaning and restoration of the Fox Theatre’s Mighty Mo organ and the theatre’s 90-year-old plaster canopy.

“Woody’s influence is immeasurable,” said Allan Vella, president and CEO of the Fox Theatre. “His vision, determination and passion positioned the Fox Theatre as a leading global venue. We are indebted to his extraordinary commitment and legacy.”