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MCAD Board of Trustees Announce New President


Dear MCAD Students,

I'm very pleased to announce that the MCAD Board of Trustees has named Sanjit Sethi as its next president. Sanjit, an artist and academic who most recently directed the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University, will officially take office on July 15.

The goal of the Presidential Search Committee, comprising trustees, faculty, staff, alumni, and students, has been to find a strategic leader with the vision and experience to guide MCAD into the future. Throughout his career, Sanjit has dedicated himself to art and design education and believes that innovation, diversity, and a global perspective are key to vibrant creative communities.

With two decades of experience ranging from directing a major art and design school to running an interdisciplinary art center, Sanjit is poised to lead MCAD’s future growth. One of the central goals of his tenure will be to continue to work to create a more sustainable and inclusive community in all facets of the college. His overarching charge as president will be to advance MCAD, increase our visibility and impact, and foster student success. 

During his tenure at the Corcoran, Sanjit led the reincarnation of a historic art and design college at a major research university. Among his accomplishments, Sanjiti moved the college across traditional boundaries of higher education to invest in creative partnerships.

Prior to the Corcoran, Sanjit served in a variety of arts leadership positions, including Director of the MFA program at the Memphis College of Art; Director of the Center for Art and Public Life, Barclay Simpson Professor, and Chair of Community Arts at the California College of the Arts; and Executive Director of the Santa Fe Art Institute. He received a BFA from Alfred University, an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Georgia, and holds an MS in Advanced Visual Studies from MIT. As an artist and curator, Sanjit’s work has spanned different media and geographies. Past works include the Kuni Wada Bakery Remembrance; Richmond Voting Stories; the Gypsy Bridge project. Recent curatorial projects have included Spiked: The Unpublished Political Cartoons of Rob Rogers and the upcoming exhibition, 6.13.89 The Cancelling of the Mapplethorpe Exhibition. Additionally, Sanjit is currently working on the Portland Hospice Potters Network and a body of paintings and drawings—the Delta Series.

I know Sanjit is excited to visit campus and meet students.

Please join me in welcoming Sanjit and his family to our community. 

Thank you,

Greg Heinemann

Chair, MCAD Board of Trustees

Tuesday, April 30