Montserrat College of Art, in Beverly, Massachusetts, seeks a new president to lead this vibrant school of art and design into the future.
Montserrat is a small, independent art and design school on the North Shore of Massachusetts that focuses on developing its graduates for careers in creative industries and visual communications. The college will soon celebrate its 50th anniversary. Founded by a group of artists with a bold idea to create a new kind of art school for professional education in the visual arts, the school has remained true to its focus on the individual needs of each student while continuing to adapt its curriculum to emerging changes in visual arts and communication fields. Today, Montserrat is a lively and eclectic seaside campus offering students the opportunity to practice their art, design, research, and creative expression within a supportive, interdisciplinary community that deeply values its diversity of people, ideas, and approaches. Students are drawn by the intensive studio environment and one-on-one instruction from its faculty of accomplished artists, designers, and scholars and can earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in a diverse range of concentrations.
Building on the strength of the college’s rich history and its location in bustling downtown Beverly, Massachusetts, Montserrat has become a leading voice in advancing the creative economy and the impact of cultural leaders in the North Shore region of Massachusetts and beyond. Structured around experiential learning, studio practice, liberal arts, and professional preparation, the mission of the college ensures that its graduates leave equipped with the competence, confidence, and habits of mind to build lives of creative enterprise and community engagement. More information can be found at https://www.montserrat.edu/.
Montserrat’s new president, will build upon a consistent record of success and transformation. During this last decade, the college has built its enrollment, infrastructure, and financial strength, and enhanced its academic environment with new faculty appointments, upgraded technologies, and renovated facilities. The president will be an inspiring, strategic leader, and creative professional who will partner with the school’s faculty and other leaders to shape, develop, and implement a vision for enhancing the excellence and vitality of the school. The president will also be a visible and compelling advocate for the arts — internally and externally — with a strong capacity for fundraising. In addition, the president will provide leadership and strategic vision and be passionately interested in students and their development as artists, scholars, and makers.
Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled, with expected appointment to begin on July 1, 2018. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by November 17, 2017. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of the candidates. These materials should be sent electronically to Montserrat College of Art’s consultants Lucy Leske, Concetta Stewart, Ph.D., and Melissa Fincher at MontserratPres@wittkieffer.com.