Watkins College of Art&Design is pleased to welcome Ellen Meyer as its new President. Meyer was preceded in service by Dr. Jim Brooks, who retired in June after over 7 years of service to Watkins College and almost 40 years in higher education.
Before joining Watkins College, Meyer served as President of Atlanta College of Art for fourteen years. While there, she led a $15 million facilities expansion, initiated a $4 million technology campaign for art and design education, significantly improved the curriculum and fostered many strategic alliances with national and international organizations. Before that, she was Director of Continuing Education and Special Programs at Rhode Island School of Design, Vice President of Marketing and Extension at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, consultant to the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, and director of a ceramics program for the National Park Service. Her previous experience also includes practicing ceramist, art history instructor, gallery director, and researcher and lecturer for the Smithsonian Institution.