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Portrait of Sanjit Sethi

Meet MCAD's President: Sanjit Sethi

Sanjit Sethi has two decades of experience as an artist and cultural academic leader. For the past three years, Sethi has served as the first Director of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University, where he oversaw the reestablishment of the historic art and design college as it integrated with the University.

Sethi’s previous positions include serving as 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. Additionally, Sethi has lectured and taught at the Srishti School of Art, Design, and Technology in Bangalore; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and Saint Mary’s College in London.

Born in Rochester, New York, Sethi received a BFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, an MFA in Ceramics from University of Georgia, and he holds an MS in Advanced Visual Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sethi has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships, including an Enrichment Travel Fellowship to work on a project in London, Budapest and Dublin, and a Fulbright fellowship in India.

As an artist and curator, Sethi’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 Recent curatorial projects have included Spiked: The Unpublished Political Cartoons of Rob Rogers and the upcoming exhibition, 6.13.89 The Cancelling of the Mapplethorpe Exhibition.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, Sethi is currently working on the Portland Hospice Potters Network and a body of paintings and drawings – the Delta Series.

Executive Leadership Committee

  • Sanjit Sethi, President
  • Annie Gillette Cleveland, Vice President of Communications and Marketing Strategy
  • Melissa Huybrecht, Vice President of Enrollment Management
  • Cindy Theis, Vice President of Institutional Advancement
  • Robert Ransick, Vice President of Academic Affairs
  • Brock Rasmussen, Vice President of Operations and Technology 
  • Mary Yang Thao, Interim Vice President of Finance/CFO
  • Jen Zuccola, Vice President of Student Affairs

2022/23 Board of Trustees

  • Hunter Palmer Wright, Co-Chair
  • Mark D. Pihlstrom, Co-Chair
  • Chris Barry, Vice Chair
  • Greg C. Heinemann, Immediate Past Chair
  • Sanjit Sethi, President
  • Laura Austrian
  • Liz Barrere 
  • Bruce W. Bean 
  • Susan Calmenson 
  • Tara K. Dev
  • Martha Dayton
  • Cy DeCosse ’52 
  • Elliot Felix
  • Greg Hoffman ’92
  • M.E. Kirwan
  • Clinton H. Morrison
  • Marion Parke
  • Todd Paulson 
  • Gary M. Surdel 
  • Rajiv Tandon
  • Rosemary Ugboajah
  • Greg VanBellinger 

Life Trustees

  • Bruce W. Bean
  • Susan Calmenson 
  • Cy DeCosse ’52
  • Clinton H. Morrison
  • Atherton Bean*  
  • Charles Bell*                  
  • Philip Harris*
  • Clinton Morrison*

Trustees by Virtue of Office

  • Sanjit Sethi, President

Trustees Emeriti

  • David Andreas*
  • Gail Blake
  • Patricia Bratnober Saunders
  • William Byars
  • Thomas Colwell
  • John Cuningham
  • Sheridan Fenwick*
  • Shirley Fiterman
  • Michael Halvorson ’66
  • Paul Hile
  • Kent Hodder
  • Wayne Huelskoetter
  • Dean Koutsky ’57
  • Larry Lamb
  • James Larson
  • Mary Ash Lazarus
  • B. John Lindahl
  • Ken Lindgren*
  • Lee Lynch
  • Betsy Massie
  • Bradley Nuorala
  • Dwight Oglesby
  • Brian Palmer
  • Paul Pesek*
  • Craig Rice
  • Jim Ryman ’65
  • Terry Saario
  • William Sands
  • Diana Scheff
  • Rachael Scherer
  • Missy Staples Thompson
  • Gary Stern
  • Hideki Yamamoto
  • Sue Zelickson

*Deceased