Martin Semple has been tapped to succeed Daniel L. Ritchie as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in July.
Semple, a partner with the Denver law firm of Semple, Farrington & Everall, P.C.,and his wife, Jo, have been patrons and donors of the DCPA since the 1980s. He has served as the DCPA’s legal counsel for more than three decades and joined both the DCPA board of trustees and the Helen Bonfils Foundation Board of Trustees in July 2007.
“Martin has been an invaluable member of the Denver Center’s Board of Trustees for a decade,” said outgoing Chairman Daniel L. Ritchie. “He and his wife, Jo, have been staunch supporters, loyal patrons and committed donors, who have contributed to the ongoing success of this organization for nearly 40 years. I can’t imagine a better successor to serve as our third chairman of the board.”
Semple has specialized in public and private sector labor and employment law and represents nonprofit organizations, school districts and cities among other client groups. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver College of Law and the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado at Denver.
Semple graduated from St. Patrick’s College, Ireland, and earned doctorates in law from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and the Catholic University of America. His current board memberships include the DCPA and National Jewish Health. Past board affiliations include Colorado Children’s Hospital Foundation (1985-1995; chairman 1990-1992); National School Boards Association (2000-2001), Common Good Colorado (2009-2011), National Council of School Attorneys (chairman 2000-2001) and Colorado School Attorneys Council.
He also has served as president of the Helen G. Bonfils Foundation since 2015, an endowment fund established to support the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Denver Post Chairman William Dean Singleton will succeed Semple as president of the Bonfils Foundation.
“As a business leader, civic partner and individual patron, Martin has been entrenched in all aspects of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts,” said DCPA president and CEO Janice Sinden. “I am delighted that he will lend his expertise and friendship to the continued success of the DCPA as we develop a vision for the future that embraces our community, elevates our artists, and enhances our place as one of the city’s cultural gems.”
“I am honored that the Denver Center’s Board of Trustees has selected me to succeed Dan as its new Chairman,” said Semple. “I look forward to working with my colleagues, Janice and the exemplary staff of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts to develop a vision that engrains this organization into the very fabric of our community — both locally and throughout the American theatre.”
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