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Grafton Nunes

Grafton Nunes

Title President + CEO

Grafton Nunes joined of the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2010, when he became the 10th president in the College’s history. He presides over CIA’s 15 programs of study in art and design. In 2015, he completed a six-year, $75 million capital campaign and campus unification project that consolidated operations under one roof in the George Gund building at 11610 Euclid Avenue. During his tenure, CIA has built two new residence halls, increased enrollment by more than 100 students, and expanded its profile nationally and internationally as a premiere college of art and design.

Nunes was founding dean of the School of the Arts at Emerson, what has become the larger of Emerson’s two schools. Prior to Emerson, Nunes served for 22 years at Columbia University, concluding his tenure there as associate dean of the School of the Arts.

Nunes is a graduate of Columbia University with an MFA in film history, theory and criticism, and a Master of Philosophy in Theater History and Film Studies. At the College of the Holy Cross, he received his Bachelor of Arts in English and religion. During an active career as a film writer and producer, Nunes was producer of the film The Loveless, directed by Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow.

Jesse Grant

Jesse Grant

Title Dean of Students

Degree PhD, Higher Education Leadership, Western Michigan University
MA, Counselor Education, University of Iowa
BA, Sociology, Kent State University

Jesse Grant brings more than 25 years of experience in higher education to the role, most recently serving as associate vice president for student life and success at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota. In his previous roles at Bemidji, he served as dean of students, where he led multifaceted student affairs departments, including student life, advising and counseling, conduct, Title IX, housing and dining, career services, health and accessibility services, American Indian and veteran services, and diversity initiatives.

Grant has enjoyed his many roles in higher education by focusing on the students, the mission of the institution, and ensuring student success and retention. He has served as the dean of students at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, and the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, where he was responsible for 24 full-time staff and a $3.6 million budget. Grant also held student affairs positions at campuses in Michigan, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Missouri. As a longtime educator, Grant has taught coursework in higher education administration, leadership, research methods and student affairs at a variety of colleges and universities across the country.
Grant earned his PhD in higher education leadership at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. He received his Master of Arts in counselor education at the University of Iowa, and he earned his Bachelor of Arts in sociology at Kent State University. In addition to his degrees, he has also completed a post-master’s certificate in enrollment management with Capella University and has certification as a global career development facilitator from the Center for Credentialing and Education in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is also a certified Investigator I/II by the Association of Title IX Investigators and is a reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission accreditation agency.
Kathryn Heidemann

Kathryn Heidemann

Title Vice President for Academic Affairs + Dean of Faculty | Chief Academic Officer

Degree Masters of Arts Management, Carnegie Mellon University
Bachelors of Arts, Columbia College Chicago

Kathryn Heidemann is a senior arts management and higher education leader, educator, and artist who joined Cleveland Institute of Art as dean of faculty and vice president of academic affairs in 2019. As chief academic officer, Kathryn provides leadership for the college’s educational programs in support of the college’s mission including program and curricular development and delivery, accreditation and assessment, and academic operations and strategy.

Prior to coming to CIA, Kathryn worked at Carnegie Mellon University, where she served as Assistant Dean at the College of Fine Arts and Heinz College of Public Policy & Information Systems Management. As part of her role, she also spearheaded the arts and entertainment management graduate programs in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, creating data- and tech-informed leaders in the visual arts, performing arts, interactive and entertainment media.

Kathryn brings two decades of arts industry experience to her work at CIA, having worked in artistic programming, operations, external relations, and education and community engagement for a variety of cultural institutions including The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Chicago Academy for the Arts, and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, to name a few. Kathryn holds a Master of Arts Management (MAM) degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College Chicago.

Julie Melvin

Julie Melvin

Title Vice President of Business Affairs + Chief Financial Officer

Malou Monago

Malou Monago

Title Vice President of Institutional Advancement

As the leader of CIA’s advancement department, Malou Monago works with current and prospective donors and financial advisors to establish and develop plans for giving. Her team covers all aspects of donations and support, including alumni relations, annual fund, scholarships, special and capital campaigns and sponsorships.

Before joining CIA, Monago was vice president of advancement for Cleveland Botanical Garden/Holden Arboretum, and a gift planning officer at the Cleveland Foundation. Previous positions include vice president at Fifth Third Bank, Personal Trust Department, where she oversaw administration of personal trusts, investment management, and custodial and estate accounts. She was an associate at Johnson & Crane in Miami. In her native Sweden, she was a judicial apprentice at the Appellate Court, and associate judge at the Regional Court. She serves as the Honorary Consul for Sweden to the State of Ohio.

Monago holds a master of laws degree from the University of Miami and a juris doctor from the University of Stockholm, and is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy®.

Charise Reid

Charise Reid

Title Vice President of Human Resources + Inclusion

Charise Reid is a dynamic human resources leader with extensive experience in all areas of human resources including total rewards, performance management, and employee relations and engagement. Most recently, Charise was Human Resources Director at ideastream, a Northeast Ohio public media organization, where she served as a strategic thought partner to senior leadership and led the human resources function including recruiting, benefits, culture and engagement for 140 employees in Cleveland and Columbus.

Before joining ideastream, Reid held other human resources management roles at different organizations including Bon Appètit Management Company and The Cleveland Orchestra.

Reid holds a Masters in Human Resources from Keller Graduate School as well as a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Capital University and is a Senior Certified Professional in human resources (SPHR).

Charise lives in Cleveland Heights where she volunteers as president of the Heights High PTA. She is a mentor with the Cleveland-based College Now program, a member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) both on the national and local Cleveland level. She also sits on the steering committee for the Collaboration for Nonprofit HR Professionals. In addition she is an adjunct instructor at Bryant and Stratton College where she teaches classes in Human Resources and professional development.

David Sigman

David Sigman

Title Vice President, Enrollment Management + Marketing

Degree BFA, University of Pennsylvania

David Sigman, who most recently was Director of Admissions at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, has devoted his career to enrollment management. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and completed the certificate program at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with a focus in studio art and art history.

As an enrollment manager, Sigman is committed to supporting students and families as they navigate the college selection process. He is keenly focused on relationship building and cultivating a dynamic and data-driven culture that provides students and families with unparalleled support and engagement.