Ralph Cook to serve as chairman of Birmingham Museum of Art board of directors

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Ralph Cook will be­come chairman of the board of directors of The Birming­ham Museum of Art in Sep­tember, the first African-American to hold that post in the museum’s 60-year his­tory. Cook, an attorney and former asso­ciate justice of the Ala­bama Su­preme Court, will serve a three­-year term, succeeding Thomas L. Hamby.

“I am personally excited about my upcoming role as chairman of the museum board,” Cook said in a re­lease from the museum. “I look forward to working with the board, the City of Birmingham and groups across our region to main­tain the high quality that ex­ists at the museum and to continue to work for exhibi­tions and programs that will appeal to citizens of our city and state.”

Since 2001, Cook has been an attorney with the law firm of Hare, Wynn, Newell, and Newton. From 1993 until 2001, he was an associate justice on the Ala­bama Supreme Court. His extensive background in law also includes a stint as dean of the Miles College Law School.

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