CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Novant Health is pleased to announce Ann Caulkins as senior vice president of Novant Health and president of Novant Health Foundation. In this role, Caulkins will design and implement plans for sustainable and integrated philanthropy across all of Novant Health’s markets. She will represent and work to increase the profile of the foundation within the communities Novant Health serves.
The Novant Health Foundation’s philanthropic efforts inspire giving that supports programs and initiatives that have direct patient impact. Novant Health regional foundations focus on the critical needs in five areas: infants and children; cancer; heart and vascular; stroke and neuroscience; and research and education.
“Novant Health is proud to have Ann serve in this role,” said Jesse Cureton, executive vice president and chief consumer officer, Novant Health. “With more than 35 years of experience in communications, she will be a tremendous asset to expanding the profile of the foundation and its great work throughout all of Novant Health’s communities.”
Most recently, Caulkins served as the president and publisher of The Charlotte Observer for 12 years. Prior to that, she served as the president and publisher of The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina, as well as advertising director and senior vice president of sales and marketing at The Herald-Leader in Lexington, Kentucky. Caulkins started her newspaper career at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in Fort Worth, Texas.
Caulkins currently serves on the boards of CrossRoads Charlotte, The Fletcher School and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation. She is a member of the Women’s Impact Fund, International Women’s Forum, Women Executives and the National Association of Corporate Directors. In the past, Caulkins has served on the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce board of directors, the Charlotte Regional Partnership board of directors, the Queens University School of Communication Advisory Board, the Charlotte Country Day board of directors, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Media and Journalism board of advisors, the Columbia Urban League board of directors and the South Carolina Palmetto Business Forum. She previously served as a past board chairman of the Levine Museum of the New South.
Caulkins is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana, and is a graduate of Baylor University in Waco, Texas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. She was also a participant in the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Executive program, Women on Boards: Succeeding as a Corporate Director.