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Office of the President

Welcome back

January 2020

It is a pleasure to see CIA students, faculty and staff back on campus and to offer an official welcome to the new semester at the Cleveland Institute of Art. I hope the winter break gave everyone many opportunities to connect with loved ones and to recharge for the opportunities ahead. 

I am pleased to share the news that we have hired Charise Reid as Vice President of Human Resources, succeeding Ray Scragg, who retired last fall. Charise is a veteran human resources leader who worked for Bon Appetit Management Company and the Cleveland Orchestra before her most recent position as human resources director at Ideastream, Northeast Ohio’s public media organization. Charise is a mentor with the Cleveland-based College Now program and a member of the Society of Human Resources Management. She sits on the steering committee for the Collaboration for Nonprofit HR Professionals and teaches human resources and professional development at Bryant and Stratton College. I look forward to welcoming her to CIA on January 21.

As we begin spring semester, we are already looking forward to some of CIA’s signature events and traditions. The Student Independent Exhibition will open February 14 in Reinberger Gallery. Studio critiques, Spring Show, BFA presentations and commencement all become focal points during spring semester.

These events provide rich opportunities for inspiring us to set high goals for achievement, and we know they also can inspire stress. With that in mind, I offer a reminder that sometimes the most valuable and memorable experiences we have as students, educators and colleagues occur in small moments. When we bring a spirit of generosity to each other in the course of our work and day-to-day interactions, wonderful things can happen. 

Thank you for all you do to make CIA such an extraordinary school. 

Grafton Nunes
President + CEO


Cleveland institute of Art president Grafton Nunes

CIA Mission

To nurture the intellectual, artistic, and professional development of students and community members through rigorous visual arts and design education.

CIA Vision

To advance culture, community, and global quality of life.