Greg Watts Named Vice President of Academic Affairs at the Cleveland Institute of Art

Greg Watts, an accomplished artist and educator and skilled administrator, has been hired as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Watts most recently was at the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas, where he served as dean for six years and taught courses in art and business. One of the largest stand-alone colleges of its kind, CVAD includes departments of Art Education, Art History, Design and Studio Art.

Watts was selected following a national search. He will lead about 100 ranked and adjunct faculty members and oversee CIA’s foundational studies, liberal arts, 13 art and design majors, the Jessica R. Gund Memorial Library, the Jane B. Nord Center for Teaching + Learning, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, the Registrar and continuing education programs. In his leadership role, he will help CIA students seize the many opportunities their creativity provides.

“So much of the conversation, particularly in the business world these days, is about being creative. That word is thrown around very loosely, but it’s up to us to harness that and use it to our advantage,” Watts says. “The arts in general—and art and design, in particular—have a seat at the top of the table in terms of being able to influence right now, and we should recognize that and use it.”

WittKieffer’s Shelley Arakawa, Lauren Bruce-Stets and Amy Crutchfield led this search.

Read the full announcement.