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Eugene Leake

Eugene Leake


In 1963, Maryland Institute selected Yale-trained painter Captain Eugene W. "Bud" Leake to be president. Especially notable in MICA's history, Leake added the Mt. Royal Station building to MICA's campus, established the Hoffberger School of Painting, Mt. Royal School of Painting, and two flagship MFA programs, recruited eventual Hoffberger School of Painting Director Grace Hartigan onto the faculty, hired the first full-time liberal arts faculty, tripled enrollment, and presided over the official transition from an institute to a fully accredited college. MICA's newest residence hall is named for him.

Image credit: Photograph by Ken Huston, MICA Archives.