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Welcome to Massachusetts College of Art and Design. I am honored to have been chosen as President of MassArt and to lead this unique and remarkable institution.
MassArt is a dynamic learning community where artists, designers, educators and creative problem solvers are prepared to lead the innovation and creative economy and to shape contemporary culture.
In the academic year ahead, the MassArt community is poised to resume our vibrant campus life, with a robust curriculum of in-person, hybrid and remote learning, and with rich and engaging programs that connect us with our community. We are committed to providing both an equitable learning experience and a safe environment for our students, faculty and staff, along with our partners and campus neighbors.
As the Commonwealth’s art and design college, MassArt is fortunate to have the support and the investment of our legislature and the administration and an extensive network of passionate philanthropic and corporate partners, without whom we could not fulfill our mission. We have an alumni network that is 20,000 strong, including artists, designers, educators, activists, innovators, and entrepreneurs who are leaders in their fields, using their talents and dedication to impact their communities for good.
Nearly 150 years ago, MassArt was founded on the core belief that art and design have the power to transform our world. As MassArt’s new President, I am deeply committed to and energized by that belief. Together our university community will continue to honor that belief as we write the next chapter in this institution’s storied history.
Join us as we write that next chapter, together.
Dr. Mary K. Grant
ABOUT dr. MARY K. GRANT
Mary Grant was appointed President of Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) effective in July 2021. Dr. Grant brings to MassArt nearly 30 years of experience in public higher education, including significant leadership positions as President of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) and Chancellor of the University of North Carolina Asheville. Dr. Grant served as the President of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate and as Senior Administrative Fellow for Civics and Social Justice at Bridgewater State University, leading the Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice and serving as Co-Chair of the President’s Special Task Force on Racial Justice.
As President of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts from 2002 to 2014, Dr. Grant led the effort to rebrand MCLA as the premier public liberal arts college in New England, secured state and private funding to renovate and build new academic buildings, and led the first comprehensive capital campaign of the MCLA Foundation. Behind her leadership, MCLA established Gallery 51 in North Adams, and was the primary sponsor of Downstreet Art, which transformed vacant storefronts into art galleries and studios. MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center offers cultural experiences that support a diverse and vibrant northern Berkshire County. While serving as Chancellor of the University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA), Dr. Grant led a period of strategic and institutional growth, including a new five-year strategic plan focused on equity and inclusion, academic rigor, student success, community engagement, and organizational capacity. Among her achievements at UNCA was the establishment of the STEAM studio at The River Arts Makers Place (the RAMP), an educational space where science, technology, engineering, art, and math converge.
President Grant has served in leadership roles at University of Massachusetts Boston and the UMass President’s Office, including as Chief Academic Officer and Deputy CEO of UMass Online, and Director of the Center for Social Policy with the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies. Dr. Grant currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, as a member of the Board of National Campus Compact and on the Program Committee of youth service organization Project 351.
Dr. Grant earned a Ph.D. from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, a M.S. in Public Affairs from University of Massachusetts Boston, a B.A. in Sociology from MCLA/North Adams State University, and holds an honorary doctorate from Williams College.
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