By Todd Cohen
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Leslie Winner, who has served as executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem since January 2008, will take a six-month leave of absence, starting Feb. 1, 2014.
In her absence, Joy Vermillion Heinsohn, the Foundation’s director for programs and its program officer for strengthening democracy, will serve as manager of programs, and Terry Lockamy, its business manager, will continue in that role.
Winner has agreed to return to the Foundation for at least one year after her leave.
A former state senator and civil-rights lawyer who previously served as vice president and general counsel for the University of North Carolina System, Winner will spend her leave in London with her husband, Gerald J. Postema.
Postema, a professor of philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a and professor of law at UNC School of Law, has been awarded the Goodhart Visiting Professorship in legal philosophy at Cambridge University for the 2013-14 academic year.
The leave will “enable me to take advantage of this personal opportunity to experience living in another country, and to have time to reflect and explore various personal interests,” Winner says in a statement.
“I am confident in the ability of the ZSR staff to move the Foundation forward in my absence,” she says, “and I appreciate their willingness to take on extra duties to enable me to have this leave of absence.”