Kevin J. ConlonInterim President and Provost
Kevin J. Conlon joined CCAD as vice president for academic affairs in June 2011 to lead the continuous improvement of the college's academic programs. He was appointed provost in June 2013, and interim president in March 2015.
Since his arrival at CCAD, Conlon's focus has been to collaborate with the faculty and staff on the creation of an innovative portfolio of academic programs that engage students and faculty with a variety of external partners. These programs and their intentional connections are designed to develop students' professional capacity as leaders who use their creativity to shape our community, drive our culture and enhance our commerce.
In addition to his administrative work at CCAD, Conlon is a member of the Commission on Accreditation for the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Prior to joining CCAD, Conlon served as associate vice president for curriculum and instruction at Ringling College of Art and Design and as dean of undergraduate studies at Savannah College of Art and Design. He earned his bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of South Alabama and his master of fine arts degree from Ohio State University.
Maintaining a fine arts studio practice for more than 30 years, Conlon's artwork is diverse and includes works in bronze, cast resin, concrete, fiberglass and more, as well as oil paintings and works on paper.
Jeffrey A. Fisher
Senior Vice President, Chief Fiscal OfficerJeffrey A. Fisher has been senior vice president and chief fiscal officer of Columbus College of Art & Design since 1998. He oversees the business, facilities, human relations, information technology and purchasing departments as well as all construction projects. He has been with the college for more than 27 years, originally hired in 1983. In 1994, he was named vice president for finance. In 1996 and 1997, Fisher served as interim co-president for 15 months while the college searched for a new president.
Prior to joining the college, Fisher worked at Reynolds Metals Company as a financial and cost analyst. He graduated from Ohio State University in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in administrative science and a major of accounting. In 1999, he attended and completed Harvard’s Institute for Educational Management.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Dwayne Todd has been with CCAD since 2001. In his current position, he oversees residence life, student activities and events, counseling services, career services, academic advising, academic support services, the One-Stop student services center, disability services, campus dining services, student conduct processes, orientation and new student programs, campus safety and security, and student insurance programs. He also participates in institutional assessment and planning functions. He previously served in various student affairs roles at Texas Christian University and was the assistant chairman of the business graduate program at Franklin University. His career spans 20 years of work in multiple areas of higher education administration.
Originally from Dayton, Todd received a bachelor’s degree in music from Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., and a master of divinity degree from Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He is currently completing his doctorate in higher education administration at Ohio State University.
Todd has served in a number of governing board roles with the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) – College Student Educators International, a comprehensive student affairs association with approximately 7000 members worldwide. He currently serves as a trustee with the ACPA Foundation and as co-chair for the ACPA Aspiring Senior Student Affairs Officer Institute. Additionally, he serves a trustee for the Jefferson Center for Learning and the Arts. Todd is also a past-president of the Ohio College Personnel Association (OCPA), a member of the Association for College and University Housing Officials – International (ACUHO-I) and of the Association of Student Conduct Administrators (ASCA).
Densil R. R. Porteous II
Associate Vice President for Enrollment Operations
Densil Porteous joined the Columbus College of Art & Design community in 2012 as director of Admissions; in 2014 Porteous was appointed associate vice president for Enrollment Operations.
As associate vice president for Enrollment Operations Porteous provides leadership to the Admissions, Financial Aid and Outreach teams, and works collaboratively with Student Affairs, the departments of Academic Affairs, Information Technology, and Marketing & Communications to foster a strategic enrollment management approach that considers all recruitment and retention issues necessary to support CCAD’s mission.
Before joining the CCAD community Porteous worked as an assistant dean of Admissions at Stanford University in Stanford, CA. At Stanford he worked to increase Stanford brand awareness, domestically and internationally, through strategic initiatives in marketing, communications, and outreach. Porteous also worked at the Drew School in San Francisco, CA as associate academic dean and director of College Counseling. Porteous began his career in academia at Kenyon College in Gambier, OH where he served as director of Multicultural Admissions—increasing the number of diverse students considering and enrolling at the College.
Porteous is a member of the Human Rights Campaign Board of Governors, an emeritus member of the Board of Directors for Advocates for Youth, and has served on several alumni governing boards for his undergraduate alma mater Kenyon College. He is actively engaged in the National Association for College Admission Counseling and the Ohio Association for College Admission Counseling; as well he is a member of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. Densil received his MBA from the University of Phoenix.
A first-generation college student originally from Jamaica, West Indies who has lived in New York City, Atlanta, and San Francisco; Porteous and his partner are excited to call Columbus, OH home.
Chief Information Officer
Jeffrey Brotherton was appointed chief information officer at CCAD in October 2012. As CIO, he provides vision and leadership for the development and implementation of information technology in support of CCAD’s academic and business operations. He works to improve service quality and cost effectiveness while developing new capabilities in academic and business development for the school. He is responsible for all aspects of CCAD’s information technology and systems.
Before joining CCAD, Brotherton served as director of enterprise systems management at Ohio State University. He also held two positions over six years at Franklin University, first as director of technical infrastructure and then as chief information officer. Before entering the higher education arena, he held several positions in the private business world.
Brotherton has a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from Augustana College in Illinois and a master’s degree in business administration from Franklin University.
Dean, School of Design Arts
Tom Gattis joined CCAD in 2012 to facilitate the creation the college’s new industrial design program. During that time, he worked with other design program chairs as well as the directors of liberal arts and foundation studies to ensure phase in of the Industrial Design program by fall 2013. Gattis, whose prior academic leadership experience includes an associate vice president post and management of curricular overhauls of industrial and furniture design programs, continues to chair the industrial design program in addition to his dean role. In private industry, Gattis has worked as a designer and project manager in the nuclear industry, as an account executive in the trade show and exhibition industry and as a professional model maker.
Gattis earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial design from Auburn University and holds a master’s degree in industrial technology education from Bemidji State University.
A former professor at Savannah College of Art and Design, Gattis spends his spare time as a wooden boat builder and master wood turner. He is a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America, the American Craft Council, and the American Association of Woodturners.
Visit Tom Gattis' website: www.tomgattis.net
Dean, School of Studio Arts
Julie Taggart was appointed dean of the studio arts school in June 2012. She began her career at CCAD in 1994 when she was hired to teach drawing, painting and color theory. She shifted her focus to administration after being appointed chairwoman of painting in 2002. Most recently, as dean of fine art and foundation studies, Taggart transformed the freshman program into a digitally integrated and conceptually engaging curriculum focused on innovation. Traditional skills and expectations of technical excellence have merged with technology-driven, inquiry-based approaches that better prepare students for the rigor of their chosen majors and the expectations of careers in the creative economy.
Taggart is an alumna of CCAD and earned a master’s of fine arts in painting from Syracuse University.
In addition to her work at CCAD, Taggart maintains an active studio practice and a commitment to volunteerism. She was represented by Rebecca Ibel Gallery in Columbus until the gallery closed in 2011, and her paintings have been included in numerous national and international exhibitions. Taggart volunteers weekly at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank and is a path watch volunteer for the city of Westerville.
Visit Julie Taggart's website: julietaggartstudio.com