Senior Leadership

CCAD Senior Leadership Team

President's Cabinet members report directly to the President.

Dr. Corn

Dr. Melanie Corn

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...
Julie Taggart

Julie Taggart

President's Cabinet
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...
Tom Dotson

Thomas Dotson

Chief Financial Officer
President's Cabinet
Matt Gardzina

Matt Gardzina

Chief Information Officer
President's Cabinet
Library & Information Technology
Gardzina came to CCAD in June 2019 from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, where he served as Director of Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship since 2012. He previously worked as Director of Instructional Technology and Interim Co-Chief Information Officer at The College of Wooster in Ohio and served in IT roles at Washington & Jefferson College in Pennsylvania and Duke University in North Carolina. He began his career as a faculty member at Cary Academy, an independent school in North Carolina established by the founders of SAS software as a model school for the integration of technology and...
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D. Jean Hester

Vice President for Enrollment Management
President's Cabinet
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

Chris Mundell

Vice President for Institutional Engagement
President's Cabinet
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 Vice President for Institutional Engagement, Mundell is responsible for key programs and services that enrich the quality of student life on campus. His responsibilities...
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...
josh butts

Dr. Joshua Butts

Dean of Faculty
Associate Professor
Liberal Arts
Writing, Literature & Philosophy
Joshua Butts, who received his doctorate from the University of Cincinnati, and degrees in English from The Ohio State University, has taught at Columbus College of Art & Design since 2009. He teaches courses in literature, creative writing, composition, and theory and criticism. Butts has attended residencies at Byrdcliffe and the VCCA, was a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference, and has attended the Home School. His poems have appeared recently in Pleiades, Southern Humanities Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, and Blackbird. His first poetry collection, New to the...
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Erika Gable

Associate Vice President for Development
Erika Gable is excited to be leading the Development Team at CCAD. She is a relationship-builder, fundraiser, non-profit leader, and fellow artist. Beginning her formal artistic journey at the age of seven with Saturday Morning Art Classes in Madison, WI, Erika then took high school drawing classes at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, and started her undergrad education at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design before finishing with a BS in Art from UW-Madison. Since then, Erika has worked in organizations ranging from the United Way, local social enterprises, statewide education...
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Tom Gattis

Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Industrial Design
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...
Susan Kannenwischer

Susan Kannenwischer

Associate Vice President of Financial Aid and Registration
Financial Aid
Athena Sanders

Athena Sanders

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & 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...
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Jennifer Schlueter

Dean of Graduate Studies
Master of Fine Arts
Dr. Schlueter is a performance maker motivated by a fascination with the limits and possibilities of the archive, and the challenges to fair use, copyright, and creative transformation that this work can engender. Her creative works, many of which transform found text into performance events, have been produced at the Little Theatre (Seattle), Cleveland Public Theatre, LexArts, American Theater Company (Chicago), Kranzberg Center (St. Louis), Grandstreet Theatre (Helena), Available Light Theatre (Columbus), the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Columbus Museum of Art, Tristan Bates (London), Off...
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Richelle Simonson

Associate Vice President for Administration & Operations
Simonson has been appointed Associate Vice President for Campus Operations. In this role, Simonson will oversee Safety and Security, Maintenance/Facilities team, as well as CCAD Auxiliary Operations including campus food service, Ampersand Supply Store, Parking and Mobility, Mailroom, college events, residence hall leases and agreements, and special projects. Prior to joining CCAD, Simonson spent over 25 years overseeing a variety of auxiliary operations for The Ohio State University. She started her career working for Ohio State’s Department of Athletics overseeing ticket operations, retail...
Bev Thomas

Beverly Thomas

Director of Human Resources
Human Resources