Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) 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.
A search committee of MICA board of trustees members, faculty, staff, students, and administrators is conducting the search, assisted by the national executive search firm Isaacson, Miller.
The members of the Presidential Search Committee include:
Scott Haber is a retired partner of the international law firm Latham & Watkins. Scott has long supported education and the performing and visual arts. Scott’s daughter is a MICA graduate (Class of ‘23) with a major in graphic design and a concentration in book arts. He previously chaired MICA’s Parents Council and serves on MICA’s Board of Trustees.
Wendy Jachman has had a long career as a textile artist with numerous installations in various institutions to further express the narrative of their missions. She also was vice president of a family real estate business for 25 years. MICA has been a signficant part of Wendy’s life as a student, volunteer, and as a member of the Board of Trustees.
James Blue is the founder and owner of Storyboard Pictures, a production studio that creates unscripted content for some of the world’s leading brands, including Jay Z’s Roc Nation, PBS and PBS NewsHour. Over his 30+ year career, James’ work has won every major award, including three Peabody, three DuPont and ten national news Emmys. James serves on MICA’s Board of Trustees.
John Brothers currently leads philanthropy for T. Rowe Price and comes to that work as an academic, business owner, nonprofit executive and community-based leader. John is a member of the MICA Board of Trustees.
Judith M. Burton holds the Macy Chair of Education at Columbia University Teacher’s College. Her research focuses on the artistic-aesthetic development of children, adolescents and young adults and the implications this has for teaching, learning and the culture in general. Judith is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts in Great Britain and a Distinguished Fellow of the NAEA. She is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts and the Tsinghua University in Beijing, PRC. Judith serves on MICA’s Board of Trustees and is Chair of MICA’s Academic Affairs Committee.
Diane Cho is an architect specializing in the adaptive reuse of buildings, focusing on museums, theaters and arts education. Having sold her firm in 2017, she is now retired. Diane serves on MICA’s Board of Trustees and is Chair of MICA’s Trustee Affairs Committee.
Julia Di Bussolo ’06, ’07 is executive director of Arts Every Day, a leading voice of arts education advocacy in Baltimore City. In 2017, Julia launched the Baltimore Education Arts Initiative, a public-private partnership to develop and implement a strategic plan to ensure every student in Baltimore City receives arts education. Julia holds a Master of Arts in Community Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from MICA.
Fredye Gross is a retired Fund Raising Executive and a member of the MICA Board of Trustees. She is a past Board Chair and current Chair of the Development Committee. She is also the Baltimore Design School’s Board member and Development Chair.
Juliana Harris is executive director of the W. P. Carey Foundation, where she has carried out its mission in support of education at all levels, much of it in Baltimore, for 20 years. Juliana serves on MICA’s Board of Trustees. Previously, Juliana served as a trustee of the Baltimore School for the Arts. She previously worked at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Imani Humphreys-Torres is a senior in the Film and Video program and is also employed by MICA as a part-time fitness assistant. A leader in the Student Voice Association, Imani previously participated in MICA’s recent provost search process.
Kerr Huston is based in the History of Art, Design and Visual Culture Department within Undergraduate Studies. In his 22 years at MICA, Kerr has taught in Open Studies, First Year Experience, and Critical Studies. Kerr has served as a department chair, chair of the Committee of Remuneration and Budget, and Faculty Executive Committee Chair. He has participated in several administrative and faculty searches.
DeRodrick Jonkins, is the Associate Vice President for Financial Aid. He joined MICA’s staff in 2017. During his more than two decades in the higher education field, DeRodrick has worked in various roles, including student services and admissions/recruitment.
Vanessa Lopez ’07 is a faculty member based in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. She teaches a MAT graduate seminar and is the MAT Practicum Coordinator.
Hugh Pocock is a faculty advisor for the Ecosystems, Sustainability, and Justice major in Undergraduate Studies’ First Year Experience. Over his 24 years at MICA, Hugh has taught in Interdisciplinary Sculpture, General Fine Arts, Architectural Design and Film and Video and has served as chair of General Sculptural Studies. Hugh holds a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA from UCLA.