Manchester, Hillsborough County
Apr 10, 2014
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The New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) invites nominations and expressions of interest for the position of President.

NHIA has gone through a significant transformation in the last decade. Recently retired President Roger Williams led the Institute through 12 years of strong growth in the student population, academic offerings, and the physical footprint of the campus. Now a predominantly residential institution, the Institute has a more visible presence in greater Manchester, attracts students from a larger geographic region, and enjoys a wider presence through its 2012 merger with the Sharon Arts Center. Academic offerings have been expanded to include graphic design and creative writing, while the overall cost to attend has remained low, due in part to the generosity of donors and the availability of scholarships.

Founded in 1898 as the Manchester Institute of Arts and Sciences, the Institute offers a comprehensive arts education that embraces an appropriate balance between technique and conceptual expansion. Students are nurtured in a community of visual artists, writers and designers, and the Institute fosters an awareness and engagement to the role and benefits of creative interaction with the community. Nearly 500 students representing 17 states are enrolled in the Institute’s BFA programs, over two dozen in graduate offerings, and approximately 2,400 adults in Community Education programs. Undergraduates may concentrate study in Ceramics, Creative Writing, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interdisciplinary Arts, Photography or Art Education. The Master of Arts in Art Education (MAAE) and four new MFA programs are offered in Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Photography, and Writing for Stage and Screen. The Institute is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). A significant cultural resource for New Hampshire, the Institute draws thousands of visitors from the New England region to its Manchester and Peterborough locations for public exhibitions, events, and lectures. The Institute also offers children’s art education and adult community education courses at both the main campus in Manchester and at the Sharon Arts Center.

NHIA seeks a visionary president to lead the Institute to the next level of operational and artistic excellence. Reporting to the Board of Trustees and serving as the Institute’s educational and administrative leader, the president will commit to student recruitment and retention initiatives; engage with the community; inspire students, faculty, staff, and volunteers; enhance the culture and brand of the Institute; guide the Institute’s financial health with a purposeful reporting structure; foster alumni pride and engagement; and communicate with the greater Institute community in a spirit of partnership and transparency.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated leadership and administrative experience in higher education, in a business and/or not-for-profit setting that has fostered transferable skills. Student recruitment and community engagement are important areas of focus for the next President, who will need to communicate effectively with a wide variety of constituents. An advanced degree or terminal degree is preferred. Candidates should demonstrate a track record of successful fund raising and other marketing efforts. Above all, he/she must be passionate for the arts, building a sense of community, and advocating excellence.

Consideration of nominees and candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The Leadership Profile may be obtained at by April 15th. Please forward materials electronically, in confidence, to Howard Brodsky, Trustee and Chair, Presidential Search Committee, at

NHIA has retained Archer~Martin Associates as its executive search counsel. For further information, please e-mail Nancy Martin at the same address or call 508-325-6161.

As a private, not-for-profit educational institution, the New Hampshire Institute of Art maintains a policy of equal opportunity for all. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, veteran's status, or disability in admission or access to, or employment in its programs and activities.