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Presidential Search

The Board of Trustees are pleased to announce that following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, m/Oppenheim Associates has been selected to conduct the search for a president for Otis College of Art and Design. 

Based on the analysis of the kind of new leader that will enhance Otis immediately and in the coming years, m/Oppenheim Associates will reach out to a broad audience to conduct individual discussions with a variety of sources who themselves can become nominators, advisors, or candidates. The tangible outcome of this sourcing process is a selection of candidates to be interviewed by Otis’ Search Committee.

The Board is optimistic that m/Oppenheim’s proven ability to find the right leaders for a diverse range of non-profits and educational institutions will provide Otis with a new president who will collaborate with the Otis community as she/he navigates a successful vision for the future.

Visit m/Oppenheim to view the full position description, or to nominate/apply. 

A well-rounded search committee has also been formed, comprised of the following individuals, representing many perspectives within the College and the Board:

  • Mei-Lee Ney–Chair, Board of Trustees and Search Committee Chair
  • Kirk Hyde–Trustee
  • Winifred Neisser–Trustee
  • Karen Hill–Vice President, Human Resources and Development
  • Patrick Mahany–Vice President, Institutional Advancement
  • Debra Ballard–Associate Provost for Assessment and Accreditation and ALO
  • Kali Nikitas–Department Chair, Communication Arts and Graduate Graphic Design
  • Joan Takayama-Ogawa–Professor, Product Design
  • Jessica Ngo–Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts and Sciences and Immediate Past Faculty Senate Leader

With the Search Committee in place steps will continue to unfold according to the following search timeline:

  • August: Position description drafted, reviewed, revised, and approved
  • August/September: Candidate identification and presentation to the Search Committee
  • October:  Candidate interviews with the Search Committee, leading to Finalist selection
  • November: Finalist Interviews and campus visits with Students, Staff, Faculty, and Board members, feedback gathering and processing for selection
  • December: Search completion with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2020 or sooner.