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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Ron Athey.  Read more about the artist here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Join Otis’ new President Bruce W. Ferguson and new Director of Galleries and Exhibitions Kate McNamara at a special reception for alumni and friends at the historic National Arts Club.

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015
    7:00 – 9:00 pm

    National Arts Club
    15 Gramercy Park South
    New York, NY 10003
    Business Casual attire is required by the National Arts Club
    For dress code information, visit: www.nationalartsclub.org (under About Us/FAQs)

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Adam Linder is a choreographer based between Berlin and Los Angeles, working both in theatre and visual art contexts. He has been developing a dance based  format he calls Choreographic Services since 2013. This aspect of his work is focused on underscoring real time and economic conditions that are integral to the discipline of  choreography. At Otis Linder will introduce this format both conceptually and practically, discussing why 'servicing' is the relevant way for his work to publicly engage.  




    SCREENING AND CONVERSATION with Margaret Prescod, Founder, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders and host of “Sojourner Truth” on Pacifica Radio’s KPFK.
    Nana Gyamfi, Lawyer-Black Lives Matter, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders.

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Oliver Payne, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Kimberli Meyer trained as an architect and an artist, and has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood since 2002. She has initiated and curated many programs there, including the exhibitions How Many Billboards?


Objectives and Membership

Mission | Objectives and Membership | Summaries of Important Decisions and Discussions | Meeting Schedule

President’s Cabinet Objectives
  • College performance and excellence in accordance with College mission
  •  Informed decision making based on Strategic Plan goals
  • Alignment of protocols and procedures with academic mission
  • Alignment of campus culture & resources to support a productive  & sustainable community
  • Improved workplace effectiveness for Otis community
  • Think tank and shared ideas generation
  • Transparent College administration
  • Diversity in perspective
  • Shared leadership
  • Leadership development
  • Effective and efficient operation of the Cabinet
Relation to the Senior Team

The President’s Cabinet is a College governance body and is entrusted to consider matters and makes decisions that impact the College community. The Senior Team is the executive body of the President’s Cabinet. The Senior Team reserves the authority over budget planning, board affairs, compensation, tuition, legal, and other key and sensitive decision areas that need executive attention.

Special 2011-2012 Goal

The Senior Team will work with the President’s Cabinet to make the latter more of a decision-making body for the College.

Meeting Format

Two-hour meetings every other week, alternating with the Senior Team Meetings.

Meeting Content 

Action items

  • College planning matters
  • College decision making matters

Discussion topics

  • Critical college matters prior to action/decision stage
  • Strategic topic discussion that is 1) led or co-led by President’s Cabinet member(s), or 2) led/presented by guests invited by the President’s Cabinet
  • 08-09 examples: Work reality of the Otis faculty; Otis Westchester citizenship; student health and wellness; entrepreneurship training for artists and designers; “Who We Are” case for Otis (Part I)
  • 09-10 examples: Graduate & undergraduate study; professional development for faculty, Otis graduation rates and how to improve them; technology & web
  • 10-11 topics: Big trends for AICAD schools and Otis; Higher education customer services, based on the book “Embracing the Oxymoron: Customer Service in Higher Education; Models of bridging the acculturation/language gaps; Civic & social responsibility in higher education across the Otis landscape

Information sharing of matters with college-wide or multi-unit impact

  • Ongoing membership of 15 for optimal performance
  • Senior Team members (7): President, Provost, Vice Presidents, and Vice Provost
  • Chief Information Officer (1)
  • Appointments by the President (9)
    • Direct Reports with demonstrated College leadership ability and with key constituency perspective; ongoing terms until notification of completed services
    • Two faculty representatives (Head of Faculty Senate is automatically a member of the President’s Cabinet; three nominations each year by the Faculty Senate to President and Provost for the choice of an additional President’s Cabinet member); staggered two-year terms
    • Two academic chairs or directors (one recommendation each year by the Provost to the President); staggered two-year terms
  •  May expand group for discussion of topics that would benefit from input from more leaders
Membership Responsibilities
  •  Attendance & active participation
  •  Broad consideration of community interests beyond selves and units
  • Ownership of joint decisions
  • Confidentiality & sensitivity
  • Collegial interaction
2011-12 Membership of 15 (September 2011 through August 2012)
  • Jacci den Hartog, Professor in Foundation; Program Director of Sculpture/New Genres, Fine Arts
  • Samuel Hoi, President; Chair of Sr. Cabinet
  • Laura Kiralla, Dean of Students
  •  Randy Lavender, Vice Provost
  •  Meg Linton, Director of Ben Maltz Gallery
  • Dana Lopez, VP of Human Resources & Development
  • Steve McAdam, Chair, Product Design
  • Marc Meredith, VP for Enrollment Management
  • Sarah Russin, Assistant VP of Institutional Advancement
  • Bill Schaeffer, VP of Administrative & Financial Services
  • Ed Schoenberg, Special Assistant to the President in Student Success
  •  Kerri Steinberg, Assoc. Professor in Liberal Arts & Sciences; Head of Faculty Senate
  • Carrie Stewart, VP of Institutional Advancement
  • Kerry Walk, Provost
  • Bob Walters, Chief Information Officer