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Executive Administration

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.

Almut Zvosec

Almut Zvosec

Title Senior Vice President of Business Affairs + Chief Financial Officer

Almut (Al) Zvosec joined the Cleveland Institute of Art as vice president for business affairs in August 1991 and also became the college’s chief financial officer several years later. During her tenure at CIA, she has served as staff liaison to the Board of Directors committees for audit, finance and investment. She also has served as a member of the board’s project committee.

Before CIA, she spent eight years as vice president and controller of Cardinal Federal Savings Bank and eight years in public accounting on the audit and tax staff of the regional CPA firm Hausser + Heintel.

She is a certified public accountant with an honors certificate from the National School of Finance and Management at Fairfield University, CT. She earned her MBA at Cleveland State University.

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.

Nancy Neville

Nancy Neville

Title Dean of Student Affairs

Throughout her career, Nancy Neville has focused her professional activities on understanding and enhancing student success. She joined CIA in 2006.

During her 42 years in higher education, she has served as director of institutional research (Fordham University); director of career education research, associate director of admissions, and manager of special projects focused on international enrollment and partnerships (Rochester Institute of Technology); assistant dean for enrollment (Virginia Commonwealth University Engineering); and associate director of admissions focused on part-time and graduate enrollment (Iona College).

Born and raised in New York City, Neville completed her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the City University of New York, and holds a Master of Science in Service Management from Rochester Institute of Technology. In 1997, she was awarded the President’s Award for Outstanding Service at RIT. She has held several leadership positions within professional organizations and was active in developing the CMSD Design Lab Early College High School in Cleveland.

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.