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January 16, 2020

CIA hires Charise Reid in vice president role

A lifelong Clevelander and College Now mentor will lead human resources at the College.

Charise Reid

Charise Reid

Charise Reid has joined the Cleveland Institute of Art as Vice President for Human Resources.

Reid most recently was the human resources director at ideastream, Northeast Ohio’s public media organization. She begins at CIA on January 21 in the position long held by Raymond Scragg, who retired last fall.

The announcement was made this week by Grafton J. Nunes, CIA’s President + CEO.

“We are fortunate to have an uncannily dedicated group of faculty and staff members here at the Cleveland Institute of Art,” Nunes said. “I feel a tremendous responsibility to ensure that we are continually raising the bar so that their time on this campus is as creative, productive and satisfying as it can be. Charise understands the challenges and rewards of meeting that goal.”

In addition to ideastream, Reid previously worked at Bon Appetit Management Company and the Cleveland Orchestra. She is a mentor with the Cleveland-based College Now program and a member of the Society of Human Resources Management. She also sits on the steering committee for the Collaboration for Nonprofit HR Professionals and teaches human resources and professional development at Bryant and Stratton College.

She earned her undergraduate degree at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and her master’s in human resources management at Keller Graduate School of Management at Devry University. She also earned certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.

A lifelong Clevelander, Reid said the CIA position was attractive to her because of her love of the arts and because she enjoyed previous experiences collaborating with human resources peers at University Circle cultural organizations. She also cited the passion of an arts-related workforce as one of the draws of her new position.

“Whenever you work for a non-profit, particularly an arts organization, you are working in a culture where work has meaning that connects to a purpose beyond making money,” she said.

An active labor market ranks as one of the challenges facing human-resources professionals.

“Attracting and retaining the right talent is essential,” Reid said. “Emphasizing what’s unique about your culture is key. What makes your organization a great place to work? That’s one of the things I’m looking forward to highlighting at CIA.”

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