Seasoned arts education leader Julie Taggart to become new provost at CCAD

Seasoned arts education leader Julie Taggart will become the new provost at Columbus College of Art & Design.

Seasoned arts education leader Julie Taggart will become the new provost of Columbus College of Art & Design, effective Jan. 1, 2020.

Taggart, who has served as CCAD’s Dean of the School of Studio Arts since 2012, will replace Dona Lantz, who is retiring at the end of the fall 2019 semester to spend more time with her family and return to her photography practice.

“I’m grateful to Dona for all of her hard work and contributions to the college, including preparing CCAD for upcoming accreditation visits, establishing collegewide learning outcomes and a robust faculty review process, and bringing back the tradition of a faculty exhibition,” says CCAD President Melanie Corn. “And I’m thrilled to have Julie succeed Dona as provost.” 

“Julie is a natural fit for this role, and I’m confident in her ability to represent all of our academic programs,” Dr. Corn says. “She has worked with faculty across the college and has demonstrated a strong ability to work at an institutional level. For example, she was instrumental in developing and implementing the CORE Studies curriculum, she conducts academic program audits collegewide, and has served on countless search committees for high-level roles at the college.” 

Taggart says she’s looking forward to her new role. 

“I love CCAD, and after 25 years here, I’m excited to take on new challenges at the college,” she says. “Promoting and supporting our talented art and design faculty is crucial to our continued success, and I look forward to working across the college with the leaders of our programs and our deans Tom Gattis, the Dean of the School of Design, and Dr. Jennifer Schlueter, Dean of Graduate Studies.” 

Taggart 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 chair of painting in 2002.

In addition to her work at CCAD, Taggart serves on the board of the Greater Columbus Arts Council. She is a practicing artist represented by Contemporary Art Matters and her work has been included in numerous national and international exhibitions. She holds a BFA in Fine Arts from CCAD and an MFA in Painting from Syracuse University.

Lantz, who joined CCAD in 2017, said she’s excited for Taggart and is personally looking forward to spending more time with her family in Illinois and building a studio.

“CCAD is a special place, and I’ll always look fondly on my time at the college,” Lantz says. “Moving forward, I’m excited to dedicate more time to my professional artistic practice, which is what led me to a career in art and design education in the first place.”