Warren Staley named Music Academy of the West Board Chair. Dean Carter, Ted Cronin, and Stephanie Shuman join the Music Academy’s Board of Directors.

Santa Barbara, CA — The Music Academy of the West is pleased to announce the appointment of Warren Staley to the position of Board Chair– a former CEO and board chairman of multinational conglomerate Cargill, Inc., – as well as the addition of Dean Carter, Ted Cronin, and Stephanie Shuman to the Board of Directors for three-year terms.




Mr. Staley takes the helm from Margaret Cafarelli, who joined the Board in 2009 and served as Board Chair over the past three years.

President and CEO Scott Reed said, “Warren is a dynamic leader in Santa Barbara and beyond. In addition to his stellar professional and non-profit expertise, he is well known for fostering successful and society-focused workplace cultures. We know his influence will inspire new ways to promote our mission and serve our community.”

Born in Illinois, Mr. Staley earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at Kansas State University and an MBA at Cornell University. He joined Cargill, Inc. as a trainee in 1969 and advanced to become Cargill's president and chief operating officer in 1998, CEO in 1999, and Board chairman in 2000. Mr. Staley is credited with presiding over a period of renewed growth and prosperity at the Minnesota-based company, which is the nation's largest privately held corporation by revenue. Warren Staley retired from Cargill in 2007.

Mr. Staley has served as board director for U.S. Bancorp, Target, Excel Trust, and PACCAR, and is a former member of the President's Export Council. Mr. Staley’s extensive involvement with non-profits includes Opportunity International, Habitat for Humanity, and United Way, and he recently oversaw the construction of a high school in Ghana.

Warren Staley shared, “The Music Academy is already an amazing organization, and I look forward to working with Scott, his talented administration, and our great Board members to take it to the next level of excellence.”



Dean Eric Carter leads global HR, Legal, and Finance Shared Services for Patagonia Inc. based in Ventura, California, reporting directly to CEO Rose Marcario.  As an officer on the core leadership team, Mr. Carter serves to further Patagonia’s unique business model proving that companies can “Do Well and Do Good,” as well as preserve and grow the unconventional values outlined in Founder Yvon Chouinard’s acclaimed book, Let My People Go Surfing.

Prior to Patagonia, Mr. Carter worked for Sears Holdings Corporation, a Fortune 500 company – serving as Chief Human Resources Officer. Leading up to Sears, Dean was CHRO for Fossil, Inc. during a time of high growth and international expansion.  Prior to his time at Fossil, he served in variety of progressive HR and Management roles for Pier 1 Imports, Pearle Vision and Procter & Gamble.

Throughout Mr. Carter’s career, his perspectives on the opportunities within human capital management have been featured in The Economist, NBC Nightly News, Fast Company, NPR Morning Edition, The Wall Street Journal, and various other national publications. The work of his HR teams has led to Brandon Hall’s Gold Award for Innovation in HR as well as SHRM’s prestigious HRM Impact Award.

Mr. Carter earned his bachelor’s degree in speech/organizational communication from The University of Texas at Austin and has served as a Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law Workforce Science Fellow. Dean also serves as an Independent Director on the Board of Directors for several companies including Cornerstone on Demand (CSOD: NASDAQ), a publicly traded Cloud-based HR technology platform, as well as Griffith Foods, a Chicago-based privately held company.

In addition to Mr. Carter’s career, he has a long history of service on local community boards, including The Oak Lawn Park Conservancy, The Human Rights Campaign, Chicago’s Between Friends organization to support victims of domestic abuse, The Kessler Park Board, The Ventura Chamber of Commerce Board, and the City of Dallas Board of Adjustments.  

Dean Carter currently resides in Montecito with his husband, Mark Stori, and their daughter Grace, who is currently attending CalPoly in San Luis Obispo.




Ted Cronin, founding partner of Manchester Capital Management, LLC, joined the Board of Directors in November 2017. Recognized for many years in Barron’s as one of the top independent financial advisors in America, Mr. Cronin has been honored with numerous industry awards and is a frequent guest speaker at industry conferences. A member of the Explorers’ Club, he is active in numerous civic and charitable organizations, including former member of the Vermont Business Roundtable, former Trustee of the Village of Manchester, past Chairman of the Board of the Vermont Natural Resources Council, and former member of the Advisory Board of Charles Schwab. Mr. Cronin received his bachelor’s degree from Williams College and completed coursework at both Harvard Business School and the New York Institute of Finance. He then founded Manchester Capital as a family office, dedicated to caring for the assets of related families.




Stephanie Shuman was born in England and moved to New York City in 1960.  She is married to Fred Shuman and has two children and two grandchildren.

Mrs. Shuman serves on the Boards of The Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter, Lincoln Center Theater, and The International Center of Photography.  The Shumans support The Shuman Fund for GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors) Research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and are members of the PhotoFutures Committee of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Stephanie and Fred Shuman reside primarily in New York City and East Hampton, New York, and relocate to Santa Barbara, California during the winter months.

Mrs. Shuman attended both The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and Sarah Lawrence College.


About the Music Academy of the West

The Music Academy of the West is among the nation’s preeminent summer schools and festivals for gifted, young, classically trained musicians. At its ocean-side campus in Santa Barbara, the Academy provides these musicians with the opportunity for advanced study and performance under the guidance of internationally renowned faculty artists, guest conductors, and soloists. Admission to the Academy is strictly merit based, and fellows receive full scholarships (tuition, room, and board). The Academy’s distinguished teaching artists roster has included famed soprano Lotte Lehmann, composers Darius Milhaud and Arnold Schoenberg, cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, pianist Jeremy Denk, and Honorary Voice Program Director Marilyn Horne. Academy alumni are members of major symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, ensembles, opera companies, and university and conservatory faculties throughout the world. Many enjoy careers as prominent solo artists. In 2014 the Music Academy entered into a four-year partnership with the New York Philharmonic, resulting in unprecedented training and performance opportunities for Academy fellows, and Summer Festival residencies for Philharmonic musicians.

The Music Academy of the West cultivates discerning, appreciative, and adventurous audiences, presenting more than 200 public events annually, many of them free of charge. These include performances by faculty, guest artists, and fellows; masterclasses; orchestra and chamber music concerts; and a fully staged opera. The 2018 Summer School and Festival will take place June 18-August 12 at the Academy’s scenic Miraflores campus and in venues throughout Santa Barbara. For more information, visit musicacademy.org.


Photo credits: Carter, Dean, Shuman: Phil Channing; Staley: courtesy of the Music Academy of the West

Released: March 5, 2018



Kate Oberjat

Director of Marketing & Communications

Music Academy of the West



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