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LOS ANGELES, CA (February 10, 2014) – Thomas Miller, chair of Otis' board of trustees, announced today that Samuel Hoi will step down as president of Otis College of Art and Design (Otis) in early summer. Hoi has accepted the position of president at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore and will assume his new position on July 1st. Miller also announced that current provost Dr. Kerry Walk has been appointed interim president and will assume her duties upon Hoi’s departure in May. Search plans for the college’s next president are already in progress.
"President Hoi’s impact on the growth and prosperity of Otis over the past fourteen years is significant and indisputable” said Miller. “We wish Sammy all the best and now look ahead to new leadership that can take this wonderful school to the next level as it approaches its centennial in 2018.”
Hoi joined Otis as president in 2000. Highlights of Otis’ accomplishments under Hoi’s transformative leadership include the college’s first comprehensive strategic planning and branding efforts, the opening of new facilities such as the Bronya and Andy Galef Center for Fine Arts, the North Building, and the Culver City graduate studios; the establishment of a full institutional advancement unit that has led to record highs in annual contributions and alumni giving; and a tripling of the endowment. In addition, the school established several distinguished academic programs, including Creative Action: An Integrated Learning Program, Graduate Public Practice, and Graduate Graphic Design. In 2007, Hoi led the creation of the influential annual Otis Report on the Creative Economy for the Los Angeles Region, which recently expanded to cover all of California.
In addition, Hoi has been a nationally active advocate for arts education and creative professionals in social, economic, and cultural advancement. His leadership roles include board chair of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) from 2004 to 2009, chairmanship of United States Artists from 2011-2013, and membership on the boards of The James Irvine Foundation, the National Advisory Board of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Survey Project (SNAAP), and the Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy and Jobs.
"Otis has a uniquely powerful educational and social vision, as well as a long tradition of partnering with diverse sectors to elevate the role of art and design in Los Angeles and throughout the region,” said Hoi. “I am deeply grateful for the privilege of having served the college since 2000, and have been continually inspired by the extraordinary talent, dedication and spirit of the Otis community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and board members. While it is difficult to depart from Otis and its extraordinary educational and community-based mission, I am confident that the great team led in the interim by the gifted Dr. Kerry Walk, coupled with the many exciting plans in place, will take the college to new heights.”
Walk joined Otis as Provost in May 2011. Prior positions included Associate Dean of Faculty at Pitzer College, a member of The Claremont Colleges; Director of Princeton University’s innovative interdisciplinary Princeton Writing Program; and faculty and administrator at Harvard University. She earned her Ph.D. in English at the University of California, Berkeley. An award-winning teacher, Dr. Walk has nearly twenty-five years of experience in the college classroom and has spoken around the country on teaching and learning.