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Presidential Search

Board of Trustees - 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.


Search Committee

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

Committee Milestones

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
  • November: Candidate interviews with the Search Committee, leading to Finalist selection
  • December: Finalist Interviews and campus visits with Students, Staff, Faculty, and Board members, feedback gathering, and processing for selection
  • January: Search completion with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2020 or sooner.