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(Oct. 1, 2013)

New CCAD Board Member add to College’s Technology Expertise, Global Outreach Strategy, Community Ties

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Sept. 30, 2013) -- The leader of an international animation technology firm, and two central Ohio residents with strong ties to the community and backgrounds in information technology have joined the board of the Columbus College of Art & Design.

Beginning three-year terms with the 2013-2014 academic year and their first board meeting Oct. 1 are: Joan Vogelesang, president and chief executive officer of Toon Boom, the Montreal-based world leader in animation technology; Joe Gottron, senior vice president and chief information officer of Cardinal Health’s Pharmaceutical Segment; and Patti Steinour, community volunteer and former telecommunications industry manager.

“These leaders bring to our college expertise in key sectors to assure we are meeting the needs of employers in creative industries and expanding our entrepreneurial and project learning options at a time when we are launching a new curriculum and updating our technology services across campus,” said Dennison W. Griffith, president of CCAD. “CCAD is entering an era of major curriculum enhancements, enrollment expansion and a presidential search — all of which will guided by the vision, leadership and fiduciary role of our 17 returning and three new board members.”

Board officers are: Robert P. Restrepo, Jr., chairman, president and CEO, State Auto Companies, board chair; James E. Kunk, president, central region, Huntington National Bank, board vice chair; Jerry O. Allen, Bricker & Eckler LLP, board treasurer; and Patricia R. Hatler, executive vice president and chief legal and governance officer, Nationwide, board secretary.


About CCAD
Columbus College of Art & Design, founded in 1879, is one of the oldest and largest private art and design colleges in the United States with 1,350 undergraduate and graduate students. CCAD offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Fine Arts. Undergraduate students choose from nine majors: photography, industrial design, advertising and graphic design, animation, illustration, fine arts, fashion design, interior design and cinematic arts.