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Maryland Institute College of Art
Baltimore, Maryland
Date posted
Jan 8, 2024

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Position Type
Executive, Chancellors & Presidents
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Employment Type
Full Time


Baltimore, Maryland

Maryland Institute College of Art (“MICA”), the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the United States, invites nominations and applications for its 16th president. As the college approaches its bicentennial year in 2026, this is an exciting opportunity for an inspiring, communicative, and unifying leader who can guide MICA into the future of art and design education.

Reporting directly to the board of trustees, the president will join MICA at a time of great potential with a newly adopted strategic plan that embraces a model of integrative education. The next president will rally the MICA community, providing decisive leadership to address some of the critical challenges facing art and design education today. MICA is deliberately cultivating a new generation of artists – one that is capable of seamlessly integrating innovation and new technology, entrepreneurship, and creative citizenship with contemporary approaches to art, design, and media. As an anchor institution in the city of Baltimore and as a leading art school known for its social engagement and spirit of community, MICA is continuing to take bold steps to support the city's creative ecosystem.

For more than 195 years, MICA has served some of the most talented students and faculty across the nation and around the world in a creative, energized, and intellectually stimulating learning environment. With a student headcount of over 1,900 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs, MICA’s beautiful urban campus features over 30 buildings made up of studio, classroom, exhibition, performance, and residential spaces. MICA offers 19 distinct studio majors and concentrations, three liberal arts majors, and 20 graduate degree and post-baccalaureate programs. Students, faculty, staff, and alums are deeply passionate and intimately invested in the legacy of MICA as a leader in art and design education.

As the leader of the MICA community, the president will:

  • Leverage the institution’s existing strengths to remain accessible and relevant for future learners of all experiences and identities;
  • Reinvigorate MICA’s enrollment vision and strategy, particularly at the undergraduate level, to reach a sustainable enrollment model for MICA in the coming years;
  • Work with the MICA community to guide the financial transformation of the institution, helping to further establish MICA’s brand identity in the evolving higher education marketplace;
  • Model collaborative, effective, and transparent communication as a present and relational leader within the campus community;
  • Further connections with the local community in a way that respects both the unique identities of MICA and the surrounding, vibrant city of Baltimore.

The role calls for a candidate with demonstrated evidence of successful leadership in dynamic, transformational contexts, with the ability to make decisive changes for the good of the campus community. The successful candidate will need to navigate the tensions between honoring the legacy and traditions of MICA and innovating toward an evolving future of art, design, and media education. Through expertise in and respect for shared governance, the president will usher in a new era of strategic leadership and accountability, amplifying what it means to co-create a vibrant community together. Ultimately, the president will strive to cultivate a campus culture that provides students with the opportunity to explore what it means to be global citizens who do, create, make, and challenge societal problems to find creative solutions.

Maryland Institute College of Art has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this recruitment. All applications, inquiries, and nominations, which will remain confidential, should be directed to the search firm via this website.

MICA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the College to apply recruiting, hiring, promotion, compensation, and professional development and disciplinary practices without regard to race, religion, color, age, gender identity or expression, national origin, citizenship, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, disability, or any other legally protected status. Further, the College provides reasonable accommodation to persons with mental or physical disabilities.



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