Anedith Nash; Photo credit: Rik Sferra, circa 1994
Anedith Nash; Photo credit: Rik Sferra, circa 1994

Anedith Nash, former Associate Academic Dean and Liberal Arts chair at MCAD, passed away July 23, 2020. No service is scheduled. Memorials preferred to a school or charity to honor her memory.

Nash was an engaged professor and a dedicated administrator. She was a founder of many programs at MCAD in the 1990s. As Associate Academic Dean, Minneapolis College of Art and Design she was the director of the new MFA program in its first year. She managed electronic distance learning in its early phases, developed and launched online classes, including a graduate option; she also oversaw the college gallery, continuing studies and summer programs. She worked with the board and faculty/staff committee to develop the curriculum for the new Bachelor of Science degree in Visualization, and chaired the program through its first year. A long-time peer reviewer for NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design) she conducted an accreditation review of the Visualization program when it evolved into the Entrepreneurial Studies major. As Professor and Chair of Liberal Arts, she led faculty in developing new approaches to liberal arts curriculum, emphasizing sciences; integrated freshman programs and writing; and oversaw the Learning Center. She also served as interim chair for the 2013-2014 school year.

Professor Emeritus Tom DeBiaso, former Dean of Studio Programs and founder of the MFA program noted, “Anedith’s lively intelligence, leadership and warmth made her a special colleague and friend to the students, staff and faculty at the college. I always looked forward to seeing her and will forever value our lively conversations. She was incredibly talented, trusted and dedicated friend who truly made a difference to MCAD. We will miss her terribly.”  

In addition to her MCAD positions, other academic appointments included Provost at Columbus College of Art ad Design for 11 years, and Academic Dean and Chief of Operations at the Oregon College of Art and Craft. She had been a member of St. Paul City Planning Commission, chaired the Urban Issues Committee, and was a member Zoning Committee. She was the co-chair of the Advisory Board for Public Achievement, a grant funded project for developing political skills and involvement of high school aged youth.

She held a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota, MA in political science from Washington State University, and a BA in social science and education from Baylor University.