As promised, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors has a new leader. John H. Warren III replaces Ted Legasey as the board president in accordance with the recommendations from the Future of Orchestral Music Steering Committee.

Warren was suggested by Mayor Joe Riley and George Stevens, executive director of the Coastal Community Foundation. Warren is no stranger to the position — he served as board president from 1984-85, and recently returned to the board before the 2009-2010 season. He’s chaired the Corporation, Banking and Securities Section of the S.C. Bar Association and has worked as a director of the Roper Hospital and Spoleto Festival USA boards. He’s served as board president for the Historic Charleston Foundation and the College of Charleston Foundation (He’s a 1967 graduate of the college).

Warren generously referenced his predecessor in a release from the CSO. “Thank you also to Ted Legasey for his tireless work these past years during the Symphony’s most challenging times and for providing the CSO with the structure and new operating model enabling the organization to exist for many years to come.”

Former CSO Board President Burton Schools has rejoined the CSO Board and will now chair the CSO Board Nominating Committee. The committee will also include two other board members, community leaders, a Coastal Community Foundation representative, a CSO League member, and non-board members of the community.