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November 19, 2014

Cleveland Institute of Art welcomes six new board members

For Immediate Release
Contact: Ann McGuire
Director of Communications


CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland Institute of Art’s Board of Directors installed two new members at its annual meeting on Nov. 18 and acknowledged four other members appointed to the board during the past year.

Chann Fowler-Spellman and Barbara Hawley were appointed to the board at its November meeting; Jennifer Langer, Warren L. Morris, Barbara Richter, and Elizabeth F. Stueber were appointed earlier in the year.

“We are thrilled to welcome these capable and engaged community members to the Cleveland Institute of Art board of directors,” said Fran Belkin, chair of the board’s governance committee. “They bring diverse strengths and passions to the board at a very important time in the history of the college.”

CIA President Grafton Nunes concurred. “Chann, Warren, Elizabeth, Jennifer, Barbara Hawley, and Barbara Richter each contribute valuable perspectives to our board. I look forward to their leadership in the exciting year ahead.”

Construction of CIA’s new George Gund Building is scheduled for completion by the end of the calendar year. The new building, adjoined to CIA’s existing Joseph McCullough Center for the Visual Arts on Euclid Avenue, will be fully occupied by September. Nunes noted the new campus is already attracting accomplished students from across the country.

New Board Members

Fowler-Spellman is co-executive director of The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation. She serves on several nonprofit boards in the Cleveland area and has been a partner with Social Venture Partners Cleveland for eight years. She is involved in Philanthropy Ohio, Exponent Philanthropy, and the National Center for Family Philanthropy. Fowler-Spellman is the board chair of Progressive Arts Alliance. She earned a bachelor of science degree in sociology from the University of Illinois-Chicago and is currently working on a master of library and information science degree at Kent State University.

Hawley is a retired partner of the law firm Squire Patton Boggs (formerly Squire Sanders). Her practice focus was public finance and her clients included state and local governments, public and private educational and health care organizations, and investment banks. She served as legal advisor to Cuyahoga Arts and Culture from its inception. Hawley was a member of the CIA board from 2004 until 2013 during which time she served on committees overseeing finance, student housing, and the campus unification project. Prior to that, she served as a trustee and board chair of DanceCleveland and as a trustee and officer of Cleveland Scholarship Programs (now CollegeNow). Hawley earned her bachelor of arts degree at The University of Chicago and her law degree at Case Western Reserve University.

Langer is vice president, controller of Hyster-Yale and NACCO Materials Handling Group, having previously served as director of financial reporting, planning, and analysis of NACCO Industries. Prior to her roles at NACCO, she worked at STERIS Corporation as manager of financial reporting; at Cedar Fair as manager of investor relations; and at Arthur Andersen LLP as a senior auditor. Langer is a certified public accountant in the State of Ohio. She is a member of Financial Executives International; Financial Council of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation; the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; and the Ohio Society of CPAs. She earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from The Ohio State University.

Morris is the managing principal of McKelvy Partners, a real estate investment and consulting firm specializing in the areas of commercial properties. Prior to forming McKelvy, Morris spent 30 years with a family-founded, full service commercial brokerage firm, Ostendorf-Morris (OM) Company. He began his career specializing in the marketing of office space, and has had a lead role in marketing for the sale or lease of many of Northeast Ohio’s premier properties. Morris serves on the boards of LAND Studio, a nonprofit focused on creating vibrant public spaces; and Vocational Guidance Services, which serves individuals with physical or mental disabilities. Morris earned a bachelor of arts degree from Macalester College and pursued real estate coursework at the University of Wisconsin.

Richter is a marketing professional with experience in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. She was manager of corporate communications for BMW of North America and director of business development for the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany. Earlier in her career she served as a Council on Foreign Relations Fellow and member of the Policy Planning Staff for the U.S. State Department. Richter currently serves on the National Advisory Board of the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, and is involved with the Women's Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in Germanic Studies at Boston College, a master of science degree in foreign service at Georgetown University, and a doctorate in political science at Cologne University, Germany.

Stueber is the Program Coordinator for the Summer Leadership Academy at Cleveland Leadership Center. Prior to her position at Cleveland Leadership Center, she held positions in college recruiting for Society Bank and Shawmut Bank, and was an admissions officer with Phillips Academy. Stueber currently serves on the boards of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging and the Painting and Drawing Society at the Cleveland Museum of Art. She is also involved with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Stueber earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Dartmouth College.


About CIA

Founded in 1882, Cleveland Institute of Art is an accredited, independent college of art and design offering 15 majors in studio art, digital art, craft disciplines, and design. CIA extends its programming to the public through gallery exhibitions; lectures; a robust continuing education program; and the Cinematheque, a year-round art and independent film series. CIA’s public programming is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. For more information visit

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