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Minneapolis College of Art and Design Names Sanjit Sethi President

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA—The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) has appointed Sanjit Sethi as its next president. The artist and academic most recently directed the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University. When he takes office on July 15, he will succeed Jay Coogan, who served as president of MCAD for nine years. Coogan stepped down in September 2018 and Karen Wirth has been serving as interim president.

Sanjit Sethi has dedicated himself to art and design education with the belief that innovation, diversity, and a global perspective are key to vibrant creative communities,” said Greg Heinemann, MCAD board chair. “He is an educator and cultural academic leader with a broad range of experiences who is poised to lead MCAD into the future. We are thrilled to have him join the MCAD community as its new leader.” David Moore, Jr., the search committee’s chair added that Sethi joins MCAD at a time of stability and record enrollment for the institution.

During his tenure at the Corcoran, oversaw the $47.5 million renovation of the school’s historic Flagg building and launched new degree programs. Prior to the Corcoran, Sethi served in a variety of arts leadership positions, including as director of the MFA program at the Memphis College of Art and executive director of the Santa Fe Art Institute. Among his recent curatorial projects are “Spiked: The Unpublished Political Cartoons of Rob Rogers” and the upcoming exhibition “6.13.89 The Cancelling of the Mapplethorpe Exhibition.” Commenting on his new role, he said: “I am honored to become a part of the incredible legacy of leaders at MCAD, and I hope to bring my insights and passion to collaborate with this remarkable community.”

May 3, 2019