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Presidential Search

letter from search committee chair saragoni

Dear MassArt Community:

As the fall semester moves along briskly, I am delighted to inform you that the search for the next president of MassArt is now underway. On September 22nd, the Board of Trustees voted to confirm the members of the presidential search committee, all of whom are representative of our campus constituencies. It is my privilege to serve as chair of the committee and I look forward to working with the search committee to find MassArt’s new president. 

I am also pleased to inform you that the Board of Trustees has engaged WittKieffer, a global executive search firm, to conduct the search in partnership with the search committee. Our goal is to conduct a comprehensive and transparent search process that will result in the selection of the most highly qualified leader to join our community and advance the MassArt mission. We expect the full search process to be completed for the fall 2021 semester.

On this web presence, you will find detailed information about the search, which we plan to update and expand as the process moves forward. Along with our search committee members, I encourage you to take advantage of any of the offered opportunities to make your voice heard throughout the search.

To begin, I invite you to offer your thoughts about the qualities that are important in our next president through a brief survey, which the WittKieffer team will use to develop the position profile. The survey has now closed, but we value your feedback and welcome you to email your thoughts to us at

If you have any questions along the way, please reach out to Chief of Staff Susana Segat or to me, and we will do our best to answer them. 


Janice M. Saragoni, M.P.A.
Chair, Presidential Search Committee
Chair, MassArt Board of Trustees


View the Presidential Profile

presidential search committee members

Jan Saragoni, Chair (BOT)
Georgia Bell (SGA)
Ruth Bradshaw (AFSME)
Catarina Coelho (APA)
Sondra Grace (MSCA)
Winifred Hagen (BHE)
John Intoppa (BOT)
Adriana Katzew (MSCA)
Karen Keane (BOT)
Howard LaRosee (NUP)
Deirdre Nectow (Foundation)
Lyssa Palu-ay (JET)
Aretha Pereira (SGA)
Xavia Hill Prater (SGA)
Linda Snyder (BOT)
Soon-Mi Yoo (MSCA)

professional staff to the search (non-voting)

Alisa Chapman
Affirmative Action Representative

Susana Segat
Liaison to the Committee

Katie Westerlind
Secretary to the Committee

Gina Yarbrough
General Counsel

Board of Trustees Charge to the Presidential Search Committee
  • With the help of Massachusetts College of Art and Design community and search firm, prepare a statement of desired presidential characteristics necessary to realize those opportunities and challenges.

  • Conduct an active, national and even international search to attract a diverse pool of highly qualified candidates.

  • Serve as ambassadors for Massachusetts College of Art and Design in energetically promoting the institution’s strengths and values.

  • Work in partnership with the search firm to organize and implement the search process, including communications with candidates and references, maintenance of records, and arrangements for interviews.

  • Maintain absolute confidentiality concerning the names of candidates and discussions within the Committee throughout the search and beyond. 

  • Make regular reports to the Board and to members of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design community about the progress of the search process while maintaining confidentiality about candidates.

  • If appropriate and possible within candidates’ need for confidentiality, organize a process for introducing final candidates to the Massachusetts College of Art and Design community and Board of Trustees and collect feedback from candidates' visits to inform the committee's decision.  

  • Recommend to the Board three final candidates, unranked, with substantiation of the Committee’s conclusions that the candidate(s) meet the criteria originally set forth