Senior Cabinet

Dr. Corn

Dr. Melanie Corn

MFA First Year Advisor
Dr. Melanie Corn is the fifth president of Columbus College of Art & Design. Since joining the college in 2016, Dr. Corn has made significant progress on the dual goals of building a national reputation for the college and strengthening CCAD’s role as a leading cultural institution in the region. She has overseen the implementation of a three-year strategic plan, the construction of the new state-of-the-art Cloyd Family Animation Center, and an increase in new applicants and in overall enrollment at the college. Dr. Corn makes connecting with students and graduates a priority, holding town...
Chris Mundell

Chris Mundell

Senior Vice President for Institutional Engagement
Institutional Engagement
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 Senior Vice President for Institutional Engagement, Mundell is responsible for key programs and services that enrich the quality of student life on campus. His...
lisa stoneman

Lisa Stoneman

Senior Vice President for Planning & Administration
Lisa Stoneman is the Senior Vice President for Planning & Administration at CCAD. She oversees human resources, facilities and operations, technology, and auxiliary services. Stoneman came to CCAD in March 2018. She previously served as Associate Provost for Academic Administration at California College of the Arts, where she was responsible for academic operations, scheduling, academic budgeting, strategic and campus planning related to academic programs and initiatives, and faculty employment and labor management. Stoneman earned an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2005 and a BFA...
Julie Taggart

Julie Taggart

Julie Taggart was appointed Provost in January 2020. 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. 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 is on the board of the Greater Columbus Arts Council. She maintains an active studio practice and is represented by Contemporary Art Matters, Her paintings have been included...
D. Jean Hester

D. Jean Hester

Vice President for Enrollment Management
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.
Jill Moorhead

Jill Moorhead

Vice President for Marketing & Communications
Marketing & Communications
Jill Moorhead became CCAD’s Vice President for Marketing & Communications in March 2019. She joined Columbus College of Art & Design in October 2015 as the college’s Creative Director. She became Executive Director of Marketing & Communications in October 2016 and led the college’s marketing team to produce award-winning content, develop effective digital marketing strategies, and launch several websites, including a new school store at Her extensive marketing background includes two years as the Wholesale Marketing Director for Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and 13 years as...
Athena Sanders

Athena Sanders

Dean of Students
Student Affairs
Athena has worked at CCAD since 2016 and previously from 2008 to 2012, serving in various roles as Director of Advising & Learning Support, Assistant Dean of Students, to now, Dean of Students. She has a BFA in Art Education and a Master of Education in College Student Personnel -all from Ohio University. Sanders' role focuses on the education and development of students through a holistic lense to support their experience outside the classroom. She oversees areas of student development including Advising & Learning Support, Student Engagement & Inclusion, Counseling & Wellness, and student...