CCAD Senior Leadership Team
CCAD's senior leaders provide the college with strategic leadership and management, ensure the quality of education and student experience, and advance the college's mission and reputation.
President's Cabinet members report directly to the President.
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.
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 you can see her work at julietaggartstudio.com.
Chief Financial Officer
Tom Dotson joined CCAD in 2019 and serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the college. He is responsible for all the business and financial affairs of the college, including accounting and finance, endowment management, legal matters, and procurement. Dotson also oversees human resources, payroll, and employee benefits. Dotson’s career spans 20 years of experience in financial planning & analysis, corporate development, strategic planning, and continuous improvement. He enjoys working with the CCAD community to support the college’s mission, execute our strategic plan, and implement continuous improvement efforts.
Prior to joining CCAD, Dotson served in various roles at NetJets, most recently as the Vice President, Strategic Initiatives. He started his career at a community banking institution as a financial analyst supporting financial planning & analysis, investment analysis, and various accounting operations.
Dotson earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Dayton, majoring in Accounting and Management Information Systems. He also earned a Master of Business Administration from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.
Vice President for Planning & Operations
Miranda Kridler is the Vice President for Planning & Operations at Columbus College of Art & Design. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute and a Master of Urban Planning degree at The City College of New York where she was awarded the Rachel Carson Award for United Achievement in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design. She brings a love of creative problem-solving to her work leading space, site, and capital planning projects including multi-building space relocations with high campus impact.
Vice President for Institutional Engagement
Chris Mundell leads CCAD’s efforts to build and sustain strategic partnerships that advance the college’s mission in the community and expand its network of supporters. As Vice President for Institutional Engagement, Mundell guides the teams responsible for alumni engagement, development, marketing & communications, corporate & community partnerships, and career services. He also leads the college’s government and community relations strategies and serves as chair of the Presidential Commission on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.
With a higher education career spanning over 20 years, Mundell previously served as CCAD’s Vice President for Student Affairs and Title IX Coordinator. Prior to joining CCAD, he held various roles in student advising and learning support services at The Ohio State University.
Mundell earned his master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Miami University and bachelor’s degree in History from Heidelberg University. Professionally, Mundell has been actively involved with ACPA—College Student Educators International, where he served as the chair for the Next Gen Conference, and has held a variety of roles on the governing board of OCPA (Ohio College Personnel Association) including past-president. Mundell is a 2012 graduate of the Leadership Columbus Program and was named to Columbus CEO’s “Future 50” class in 2021. Mundell volunteers as youth soccer coach in Hilliard, where lives with his family.
Associate Vice President for Marketing & Communications
As Associate Vice President for Marketing & Communications, Natalie Parscher leads the development and execution of strategic marketing and communications efforts that support and further CCAD’s goals for enrollment, fundraising, and brand awareness and engagement. She is focused on creating brand and marketing strategies that advance the college’s mission of helping students unleash their creative power to shape culture and commerce for the better.
Vice President for Enrollment Management
As vice president for enrollment management, Emily Ragland leads the Admissions, Financial Aid, and Registrar teams and oversees recruitment strategy and efforts. Ragland also is a member of the President’s Cabinet and Senior Leadership Team.
Before CCAD, Ragland, who holds a BA in Psychology from Capital University, held several leadership roles in Capital University’s Admissions department, most recently as Assistant Vice President for Admission. Prior to joining Capital University, Ragland worked as an Admissions Counselor at Otterbein University. Ragland’s experience in the nonprofit world includes co-founding Ohio Gap Closers, which delivers college planning training for foster parents, social workers, teachers, and community members.
Dr. Joshua Butts
Dean of Faculty
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 and has served as Dean of Faculty since 2020. He teaches courses in literature, creative writing, composition, and theory and criticism. Butts has attended residencies at Byrdcliffe and the VCCA and was a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference. His poetry collection New to the Lost Coast was published by Gold Wake Press in 2015. His poems have appeared recently in Pleiades, Fugue, and Southern Humanities Review.
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, Wisconsin, Gable 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 University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since then, Gable has worked in organizations ranging from the United Way, local social enterprises, statewide education policy, national major gift fundraising at The Ohio State University, to serving as executive director of the Women's Small Business Accelerator and running her own nonprofit consulting business. She holds her MBA from Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business and her MPA from Ohio State’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs. Gable lives in Clintonville with her daughter, partner, and big dog, and she loves to meet and get to know new people.
Associate Vice President for Financial Aid & Student Records
Laura Meek joined CCAD June 2022 and has over 25 years of experience in higher education. At CCAD, she has oversight of both financial aid and student records operations, personnel, and processing. Meek has served in financial aid roles within enrollment management at both public and private colleges since 1994. She is a longstanding member of the Ohio Association of Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA) and has held multiple positions on their executive board.
She has earned the designation of Certified Financial Aid Administrator (CFAA) from the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) and upholds the NASFAA Statement of Ethical Principles. She presents financial aid informational sessions for numerous high schools and college access programs, serves as an expert on financial aid panels, and has presented at state association conferences. Meek also has lobbied on Capitol Hill, seeking student aid legislative changes on behalf of her students. Meek is a 1994 graduate of Capital University with a Bachelor of Social Work. A central Ohio native, Meek is a strong supporter of the arts and enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters traveling, watching movies, singing karaoke, and enjoying everything Columbus has to offer.
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students
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, AVP for Student Affairs & 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 lens to support their experience outside the classroom. She oversees areas of student development including Advising, Disability & Access Services, Student Engagement & Inclusion, Residence Life, Counseling & Wellness, and student conduct.
Associate Vice President for Operations
Richelle Simonson is the Associate Vice President for Campus Operations. In this role, Simonson oversees the Safety & Security and Maintenance/Facilities teams, as well as CCAD Auxiliary Operations, including campus food service, Ampersand Supply Store, Parking and Mobility, Mailroom, college events, summer 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 store, concessions contracts and events, and championship management.
Associate Vice President for Human Resources
Beverly Thomas joined CCAD in February 2019 and previously worked at GC Services Limited Partnership where she served as Human Resources Director overseeing all aspects of HR operations across several locations in Columbus, Ohio and St. Louis, Missouri. As Associate Vice President for Human Resources, her responsibilities include oversight of HR operations, recruiting, talent management, development and training, employee relations, and payroll and benefit administration. She has effectively balanced big picture thinking and strategic planning with hands-on execution that has allowed her to provide strategic leadership and affect positive change for HR programs and employee services.