Dr. Melanie Corn


Dr. Melanie Corn joined CCAD in March 2016 as the college's fifth President. Corn is the first female President in CCAD’s history and one of only several women currently serving as Presidents of member institutions of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD). Corn’s academic and pedagogic work combines interests in contemporary visual culture and theories of gender and sexuality, and her graduate art history work focused on the visual crisis of the AIDS epidemic. She received a bachelor’s degree in art history from Stanford University; a master’s degree in art history from University of California Santa Barbara, where she also completed doctoral coursework and exams; and a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania. Corn's dissertation, Community-partnered Project-based Studio Pedagogy: Developing a Framework and Exploring the Impact on Faculty in Art and Design Higher Education, focused on the increasingly important work of art and design courses moving outside the college walls.

Corn previously served as the Provost for California College of the Arts (CCA). As the chief academic officer at CCA, Corn worked to strengthen faculty development and governance, champion diversity efforts at the college, improve academic assessment efforts and lead the implementation of new degree programs that take advantage of CCA’s home in a major center of cultural and social innovation.

At CCAD, Corn is charged with setting the vision and tone for the college, ensuring that educational programs are strategic and relevant, that long-term institutional viability and sustainability are safeguarded and that the dynamic connectivity between the college and its constituencies — alumni, business, civic and community — continues to grow.

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Dona Lantz


Dona Lantz will join CCAD as Provost in July 2017. Lantz comes to CCAD from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, where she served as Associate Provost for Curriculum. Prior to that, for nearly a decade and a half, Lantz served as Academic Dean at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, where she led the development of three new BFA majors and five new graduate programs.

Since 2002, Lantz has served on nine visiting evaluation teams for the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and served as team chair on five of those visits. She is currently the Chair of the Nominations Committee for NASAD.

Lantz has a BS from the Department of Art at Illinois State University and an MA from the University of California Berkeley, Department of Art.

In addition to her work as an academic leader, Lantz has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions. She has presented at conferences at Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland, and at St. Anne’s College in Oxford, England. She has taught workshops in Mexico City and given artist talks in conjunction with her exhibitions. 


Jeffrey A. Fisher

Senior Vice President, Chief Fiscal Officer

Jeffrey A. Fisher has been Senior Vice President and Chief Fiscal Officer of CCAD 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 since 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.


Jill Moorhead

Executive Director of Marketing and Communications

Jill Moorhead became Executive Director of Marketing and Communications in October 2016 after serving as Columbus College of Art & Design’s Creative Director for 11 months. Her extensive marketing background includes two years as the Wholesale Marketing Director for Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and 13 years as Marketing Director of The Hills Markets, where she oversaw all aspects of the brand. Jill is an award-winning writer and was honored in 2015 as the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Emerging Arts Leader. Jill serves as the Board President of Wild Goose Creative and also sits on the boards of Pecha Kucha Columbus and Ohio Citizens for the Arts. Jill received a bachelor’s degree in Interactive Multimedia from the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University.

Lindsey Dunleavy, Vice President for Advancement, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).


Lindsey Dunleavy

Vice President for Advancement

Lindsey Dunleavy has been with CCAD since July 2015. She is responsible for designing and implementing advancement programming that will significantly increase the college’s constituent involvement and philanthropic support. She performs an essential role in building strong relationships and partnerships with not only the president and the Board of Trustees, but with nonprofit agencies, companies, corporations and donors that will advance CCAD’s initiatives. She previously served in various development positions at Ohio State University through the College of Nursing and the College of Engineering.

Dunleavy is originally from Westchester County, New York, and studied Art History and Spanish at Middlebury College in Vermont, where she earned a bachelor’s degree.

Prior to working in advancement, Dunleavy worked in hospitality sales and marketing for companies in New York, Ohio, the Netherlands and Antilles. She has recently volunteered with the Central Ohio Diabetes Association, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure.


D. Jean Hester

Vice President for Enrollment Management

D. Jean Hester is the Vice President for Enrollment Management at Columbus College of Art & Design. Hester came to CCAD in July 2016 from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon, where she worked as Director of Admissions. Prior to that, Hester worked in southern California, teaching and, for several years, working as lead web developer for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Raised in Illinois and Georgia, Hester holds a BFA in Cinema from the University of Southern California and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.

Chris Mundell

Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students 

Chris Mundell joined CCAD in 2007. He has held a variety of positions in student affairs with an emphasis on student success initiatives and learner support services. Mundell has been instrumental in expanding student support services on campus, including the implementation of CCAD’s academic early intervention system, student behavioral intervention and care team and the Creative Coaches peer-to-peer tutoring program.

As Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Mundell is responsible for key programs and services that enrich the quality of student life on campus. His responsibilities include oversight of academic advising and learner support services, counseling and wellness services, residence life, dining services, student involvement and orientation, campus safety and security, and student conduct.  

Mundell’s career in higher education has spanned 11 years and includes experience in several functional areas, from academic advising to disability services. Mundell completed his master’s degree in student affairs and higher education at Miami University. He is a past president of the Ohio College Personnel Association (OCPA) and a graduate of both the ACPA Mid-Level Management Institute and the nationally recognized Leadership Columbus Program. A slightly fanatical soccer dad, Mundell spends his free time coaching youth sports and enjoying time with his family.


Jeffrey Brotherton

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.



Tom Gattis is the Dean of the School of Design Arts at the Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).

Tom Gattis

Dean, School of Design Arts

Tom Gattis joined CCAD in 2012 to facilitate the creation of 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 programs to ensure the phase-in of the Industrial Design program by fall 2013. Gattis' prior academic leadership experience includes an Associate Vice President post and management of curricular overhauls of industrial and furniture design programs. In the 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 a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from Auburn University in Alabama and a master’s degree in Industrial Technology Education from Bemidji State University in Minnesota.

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.

Julie Taggart is Dean of School of Studio Arts at Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).

Julie Taggart

Dean, School of Studio Arts

Julie Taggart was appointed Dean of the School of Studio Arts 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. From 2006 to 2012, 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 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.

Ric Petry

Director of Graduate Studies

Ric Petry is the first Director of Graduate Studies at CCAD. In 2009, he led the establishment of the first graduate degree at the college: a multidisciplinary, project-based MFA. Prior to 2009, Petry served as the Dean of the Media Arts Division for 10 years and was responsible for the photography, video, animation and interactive arts programs. Petry was also a faculty member in the Photography department and the chair from 1992 to 1998.

Petry is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, three Ohio Arts Council Fellowships and a Greater Columbus Arts Council Individual Artist Grant. His art-making is broad in scope and media, including both commercial and fine art photography, as well as film, performance, sculpture, and recently, collaborative production of video and animation integrated with dance performances.

Petry received a Master of Fine Arts from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, where he studied photography with William Larson, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Akron, where he majored in Philosophy and History of Science.

Michele Kibler, Registrar/Director of One-Stop Student Services, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD)

Michele Kibler

Registrar/Director of One-Stop Student Services

Michele Kibler has been part of the CCAD family since 2001. She currently oversees administrative processes, operations and the management of the One-Stop Student Services Office and Community Education. She works closely with the financial aid, bursar and advising offices. Her responsibilities include maintaining accurate student records and registration as well as interpreting and enforcing the academic policies regarding registration and records. She is the statistical data reporter for the college and the veterans certifying official. Kibler has worked closely with the information technology team to improve the student's experience by utilizing more technical features and streamlining processes.

Kibler is an alumna of Kent State University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Crafts. Prior to joining CCAD, she worked in the Fine and Professional Arts College as a records assistant at Kent State. Along with dedicating the past 15 years to the improvement of CCAD, she is also the proud owner of a small business in Columbus: She and her husband, Jason, run a Filipino-style food truck called Asian Persuasion.