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President's Council

Mission, Objectives, and Membership

First Convening -- September 2019

First Convening--September 2019

Otis College Mission

Otis College of Art and Design educates a diverse community of students to become highly skilled, well-informed, and responsible professionals--empowering them to shape the world.

President's Council Mission

The President's Council provides advisory input on topics of campus-wide interest to ensure mission-centric and strategic College administration and informed decision-making, and to foster teamwork and high workplace performance through diverse consultative leadership.

Council Composition

  • The President
  • The Provost
  • Two Trustees recommended by the President in consultation with the Board Chair, which rotate every meeting
  • Two Senior Team members, which rotate every meeting
  • Senior Executive Assistant to the President
  • Executive Assistant to the Provost 

Appointments by/Invitation from the President (one-year terms)

  • Two Faculty Senate representatives (one full-time and one adjunct)
  • One academic chair/assistant chair representative 
  • One part-time faculty representative
  • One Staff Council representative
  • Six division reports (staff members) with demonstrated College leadership ability and with key constituent perspective
  • Two Student representatives
  • Two Alumni representatives 

The Council may expand for discussion of special topics that require input from others, as needed, including Students' Union representatives, etc.



Fall 2021

  • Heather Joseph-Witham - Associate Professor
  • Drew Plakos - Adjunct Professor 
  • Kali Nikitas - Chair, Communication Arts
  • Nicole Raef - Associate Registrar 
  • Marisol Porras - Lecturer 
  • Mohammed Ahmed - Operations Manager
  • Leo Peña - Budget Analyst 
  • Melinda Herbert - HRIS Manager and Faculty Contract Specialist
  • Becca Todd - Graphic Designer 
  • Frankie Resto - Director, Student Activities
  • Carrie Banasky - Director, Advancement Operations
  • Delaney Engle - Student
  • Arabella Osorio  - Student
  • Shannon Doronio  - Alumnx
  • Jynx Prado  - Alumnx

Fall 2020

  • Renee Petropolous - Professor, Graduate Fine Arts
  • Miguel Valenti - Adjunct Professor 
  • Peter Gadol - Chair, MFA Writing Program
  • Nicole Raef, Associate Registrar 
  • Cathy Lightfoot - Adjunct Associate Professor 
  • Matthew Ballard - Director, Technology Infrastructure 
  • Liza Mullins - Associate VP and Controller 
  • Patrick Noonan - Director, Learning & Development/Employee Relations
  • Karissa Lake - Social Media Coordinator
  • Melinda Patton - Assistant Director, Residence Life and Housing 
  • Carrie Banasky - Director, Advancement Operations
  • Delaney Engle - Student
  • Sean Baucom - Student
  • Catherine Hernandez - Alumnx
  • Leonardo Bravo - Alumnx

Spring 2020

  • Jennifer Moon - Assistant Professor, Fine Arts and Faculty Senate co-Chair
  • Renee Petropolous - Professor, Graduate Fine Arts
  • Linda Hudson - Chair, Foundation Program
  • Angila Romious - Director, Institutional Research and Effectiveness
  • Claude Nica - Chief Facilities and Operations Officer
  • Melinda Herbert - Contract Speacialist, Human Resources and Development
  • Elektra Grant - Academic Coordinator, Communication Arts
  • April Kullis - Executive Assistant, Presidents Office
  • Winifred Neisser - Trustee
  • Bronya Galef - Trustee
  • Members of the Senior Team

Fall 2019

  • Rachel Roske - Assistant Professor, Foundation and Faculty Senate leader
  • Renee Petropolous - Professor, Graduate Fine Arts
  • Linda Hudson - Chair, Foundation Program
  • Harry Mott - Chair, Digital Media
  • Michaela Matsumoto - Director of One Stop
  • Sheharazad Fleming - Creative Director, Communications and Marketing
  • Natasha Kobrinsky - Director of Student Financial Services
  • Ana Florentino - Executive Assistant, Provost Office
  • April Kullis - Executive Assistant, Presidents Office
  • Winifred Neisser - Trustee
  • Bronya Galef - Trustee
  • Members of the Senior Team

Member Responsibilities

  • Attendance and active participation
  • Broad consideration of community interests beyond divisional and departmental level
  • Ownership of joint recommendations
  • Confidentiality and sensitivity
  • Collegial interaction

President's Council Objectives

  • To provide broad input to improve institutional excellence per the College mission
  • To improve workplace effectiveness for the campus community
  • To inform decision-making based on the (Working) Strategic Plan
  • To align protocols and procedures with the College's educational mission
  • To aid administrative clarity by ensuring diversity of perspectives and expertise
  • To model and promote consultative leadership
  • To provide a forum for leadership development
  • To effect the Council's efficient operation.

Relation to the Senior Team

The President's Council is a College advisory body entrusted to consider matters and make recommendations that impact the College community. The Senior Team is the executive body of the College, and of the President's Council. The Senior Team reserves authority over budget planning, board affairs, compensation, tuition, fundraising, legal matters, and other key and sensitive decision areas that require executive-level expertise and attention.

Meeting Organization and Content

Action items

  • College planning matters
  • College decision-making matters

Discussion Topics

  • Critical college matters prior to action/decision stage
  • Strategic topic discussion led or co-led by President's Council member(s)
  • Information sharing on matters of current or future college-wide or multi-divisional impact. At least one meeting per year to focus on students and aspects of the student experience.

Meeting Schedule

  • Two meetings per semester.