Veteran CCAD leader Chris Mundell named SVP for Institutional Engagement

Longtime Columbus College of Art & Design leader Chris Mundell is named new Senior Vice President for Institutional Engagement

Longtime CCAD leader Chris Mundell will become the new Senior Vice President for Institutional Engagement, effective Oct. 1, 2019. Photo: Ty Wright for Columbus College of Art & Design.

Columbus College of Art & Design President Melanie Corn is tapping veteran college leader Chris Mundell to serve in a new senior leadership role. 

Mundell, who has worked at the college for 12 years and served as CCAD’s Vice President for Student Affairs for three, will become the college’s new Senior Vice President for Institutional Engagement, effective Oct. 1, 2019. In his new role, Mundell will oversee CCAD’s Career Services, Development, and Marketing & Communications departments, as well as the college’s government and community relations efforts.

“Since joining Columbus College of Art & Design in 2007, Chris has proven to be a strong leader, especially in the areas of engagement and communication,” says Dr. Corn. “Chris has a deep connection to the student experience, and as CCAD continues to grow, I’m excited to have him continuing to lead in this new position.” 

Dr. Corn is also promoting Lisa Stoneman to Senior Vice President for Planning & Administration as she fully replaces Senior Vice President for Finance & Planning Jeff Fisher, who retired at the end of the 2018-19 academic year. 

Stoneman, who previously served as Vice President for Administration & Operations, will continue to oversee the following departments: Business & Finance, HR, IT, Facilities, Safety & Security, and Auxiliary Services, including food service, the mailroom, and CCAD’s campus stores. 

“Since Lisa joined CCAD in March 2018, she has proven to be a strong asset, serving as a senior leader and trusted advisor and already bringing greater operational efficiencies to the college,” Dr. Corn says. 

Mundell and Stoneman’s promotions come as the college looks ahead to the future following the departures of Fisher and Lindsey Dunleavy, who served as CCAD’s Vice President for Advancement. And, though the timing of these promotions takes advantage of the opportunity created by staffing changes, they are part of Dr. Corn’s plan for an administrative structure that is most effective and efficient in serving CCAD today and in the future.

“This is an important moment for the college as we move ahead with numerous key strategic initiatives, including the development of a new strategic plan, implementation of a campus plan, and growth of our fundraising efforts,” Dr. Corn says.

In addition to Mundell and Stoneman’s new roles, there are several other changes at the college:

  • Laurel Marks will become Executive Director of Development, where she will serve as the college’s chief fundraising officer and lead CCAD’s Development team.
  • Dean of Students Athena Sanders will lead Student Affairs and oversee the offices of Academic Advising, Counseling & Wellness, Learning Support, Residence Life, Student Engagement & Inclusion, and a new office  called International Affairs, which will be led by Associate Director of International Affairs Jonathon Neeley.
  • Jonathon Neeley, who previously served as Associate Director of International Recruitment, will oversee CCAD’s study abroad and student exchange programs, in addition to advising current international students. (International student recruiting efforts will remain under Enrollment Management.)

Mundell said he’s looking forward to his new position at the college. 

“I am incredibly excited to assume this new role at CCAD, and I’m immensely grateful for all the ways that this creative community has nurtured me over the years,” Mundell says. “CCAD is a special place that truly lives and breathes its mission to prepare artists and designers to shape culture and commerce. I look forward to working with Dr. Corn, the Board of Trustees, and our incredible community of faculty, staff, and students as we strive to build a strong and sustainable future for CCAD.” 

Mundell will continue to serve as CCAD’s Title IX coordinator for this academic year, and Sanders will continue to manage all student CARE reports. Sanders will also join the college’s Senior Cabinet.