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MICA Welcomes New Board Chair

Neil A. Meyerhoff as new board chair and alumna Michel Modell ’07 ’10 as vice-chair

Posted 10.28.13 by MICA Communications

Neil A. Meyerhoff (left) and Michel Modell.

BALTIMORE - MICA announced today the election of Neil A. Meyerhoff as its new board chair and alumna Michel Modell '07 '10 as the vice-chair. MICA's Board of Trustees elected Meyerhoff and Modell at its Annual Members Meeting. Also during the meeting, President Fred Lazarus IV thanked outgoing board chair Fredye Gross for her leadership and service. Gross will continue to serve on the board and chair the Presidential Search Committee, expected to complete its work in early 2014.

Meyerhoff has served on the MICA board since 1977 and previously served as board chair from 2003-2008. He recently served as a member of the Campaign Steering Committee and the Advancement, Buildings and Grounds, and Investment Sub-committees.

"I've been privileged to work with faculty, students, staff and supporters over the past three-and-a-half decades to help MICA become the leader in art and design education," said Meyerhoff. "I'm honored that the board and the MICA community have entrusted me with helping to ensure that we maintain and grow our positioning as a key innovator in higher education, culture, commerce and society.

Meyerhoff brings both business and art experience to his new role. He is a senior vice president and CEO at Hendersen-Webb, Inc., a property management firm located in Baltimore County, as well as a freelance photographer represented by C. Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore. He graduated magna cum laude from New York University, was awarded a J.D. degree from Georgetown University and was admitted to the Maryland bar in 1974. In addition to MICA, Meyerhoff currently serves on the board of the Walters Art Museum and the local NPR member radio station, WYPR.

In 2003, Meyerhoff was awarded the Alfred and Trafford Klots Artist Residency in Rochefort-en-Terre in Brittany, France. His photographs have been published in nationally known photography magazines including Photo Review, Camera Arts and Panorama. His photographs are in the collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art, New-York Historical Society, San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts and Cleveland Clinic. Many of his photographs are also displayed at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Meyerhoff has also served on the boards of the Home Builders Association of Maryland, Goucher College, Maryland Food Committee, CollegeBound Foundation, Contemporary Museum, Ruxton-Riderwood-Lake Roland Area Improvement Association and Marylanders Against Handgun Abuse, where he was chair for five years.

Michel Modell is a much-heralded Baltimore-based artist, having exhibited all over the United States and in Italy and the United Kingdom. She won 2011's Studio Montclair "Best in Show" award and was a featured artist in Baltimore Style magazine, among many other distinctions. Modell received a post-baccalaureate certificate in fine arts from MICA in 2007 and a M.F.A. from the highly-ranked Hoffberger School of Painting in 2010. She also has a degree in ocean engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology, has worked as an engineer and was a professional figure skater. She also served on the board of Maryland Art Place.

"MICA is so fortunate to have committed trustees like Neil and Michel," said Michael Franco, Ed.D., vice president of Advancement. "Their leadership will be invaluable as we continue to develop innovative new programs and work with both traditional and non-traditional partners to prepare students and graduates for roles as creative leaders in a wide range of fields."

Image caption: Neil A. Meyerhoff (left) and Michel Modell.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 48 states and 61 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. Redefining art and design education, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.