CCAD Board of Trustees elects new chair, 7 new trustees

Aug 17, 2016

The Columbus College of Art & Design Board of Trustees has elected seven new trustees and a new chair.

Bricker & Eckler partner Jerry O. Allen was elected Chair of the CCAD Board of Trustees during a meeting on June 28, 2016, at CCAD. Allen, who has been a CCAD board member since June 2010, will serve as chair for two years.

The CCAD Board of Trustees also elected the following members, each to a three-year term:

Earl J. Barnes II

Earl J. Barnes II is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel at OhioHealth Corporation (OhioHealth).

Prior to joining OhioHealth, he was Vice President and General Counsel at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Barnes is a member of the Boards of Trustees of Lake Forest College, the Minority In-House Counsel Association and Just the Beginning – A Pipeline Organization.

Gil Cloyd

Gil Cloyd, retired Chief Technology Officer of Procter & Gamble, is a co-founder and CEO of the Ohio Film Group, a post-production film service company, and Lengi Studios, an original content animation film company. Cloyd is a member of the Ohio State University Foundation Board. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Innovation, Creativity and Capital at the University of Texas, Austin, and is on the Board of Directors for Lumos Pharma.

Leonard Hartman

Leonard Hartman is an award-winning screenwriter and film producer, as well as the co-founder and president of the Ohio Film Group. Hartman is a graduate of Ohio State University and the American Film Institute. His feature film projects include Homestead, which won AFI’s Richard Levinson Endowed Scholarship for Screenwriting, and this summer’s Free State of Jones, starring Matthew McConaughey.

Rebecca Ibel

Rebecca Ibel is the Director & Curator of the Pizzuti Collection, a non-profit art institution presenting contemporary art from the private collection of Ron and Ann Pizzuti. Prior to joining the Pizzuti Collection, Ibel owned her eponymous gallery for 18 years, where she represented emerging and established contemporary artists; participated in numerous art fairs in around the country and abroad; and published artist catalogs with leading writers and critics.

Cameron James

Cameron James is CEO of Mills James. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, James has won scores of national and regional awards for creative and technical excellence in staging live events, including a Best of Show Award from the New York Festivals. He also was awarded The Great Communicator Award by the Columbus Speech and Hearing Center and the Silver Medal Award by The American Advertising Federation/Columbus.

Susan D. Rector

Susan D. Rector is a partner at Ice Miller Legal Counsel. She represents companies in business transactions and in all aspects of intellectual property ownership and information technology transactions. She assists start-up and established businesses with commercializing technology and conducting business online. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wake Forest University and a juris doctorate from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Amy Stevenson

Amy Stevenson is the CMO at Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW) where she leads overall marketing strategy, digital marketing, customer insights, creative, customer marketing, offer strategy and marketing analytics. Prior to DSW, she was the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Victoria’s Secret. She received an undergraduate degree from Wittenberg University and an MBA from Ohio State University.

CCAD President Dr. Melanie Corn said she’s thrilled to have such talented professionals joining the board and such a strong leader in Jerry O. Allen.

“In adding these seven new trustees and electing Jerry O. Allen as Chair, the board is poised to further advance Columbus College of Art & Design,” Corn said. “I’m excited to have such visionaries in their fields joining the CCAD community.”

About Columbus College of Art & Design

Columbus College of Art & Design teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the midst of a thriving creative community in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1879, CCAD is one of the oldest private, nonprofit art and design colleges in the United States, offering 12 four-year undergraduate programs and two graduate programs in art and design that produce graduates equipped to shape culture and business at the highest level. For more information, visit

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