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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, Office of Student Engagement and Leadership
  • 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 Office of Financial Aid
  • 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