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MICA Welcomes New Board Members

new trustees named at the Board’s Annual Meeting on Oct. 30, 2009

Posted 01.07.10 by MICA Media Relations

BALTIMORE--At the Annual Meeting of the Members of its Board of Trustees on Oct. 30, 2009, MICA welcomed four new board members. James F. Blue III, Judith Burton and John G. Morikis were named trustees on the board, the governing body that directs the policies of the College, for three-year terms. Kevin Donovan was named parent trustee. In addition, Thomas Jasek was elected to serve as a trustee, after serving as a parent trustee.

James F. Blue III, of Baltimore, is founder and executive producer of Public Affairs Media Group Inc. in Baltimore, which specializes in the production of documentary projects for foundations, international organizations and other non-profit groups throughout the world. He was most recently a producer for the Koppel group on the Discovery Channel. Prior to that role, he spent 14 years as a producer with ABC News and NBC News. He has reported extensively overseas and on two occasions was assigned to ABC News' London bureau. His work has won eight national Primetime Emmy Awards, two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, two George Foster Peabody Awards and two Overseas Press Club Awards. He is a graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, N.J.

Judith Burton, of Yonkers, N.Y., is professor and director of art and art education at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York. Her research focuses on the artistic-aesthetic development of children and adolescents and the implications this has for teaching and learning. In 1995, Burton co-founded the Center for Arts Education Research at Teachers College, and in 1996, she founded the Heritage School, Harlem, N.Y., a comprehensive high school featuring the arts. She is an author of numerous articles and chapters and currently has three books in the process of publication. She received the Manuel Barkan Memorial Award for excellence in research writing and the Lowenfeld Award for lifetime achievement in art education from the National Art Education Association. Prior to joining Teachers College, Burton was the chair of art education of Boston University and taught at the Massachusetts College of Art. She received her Ed.D. from Harvard University, Mass.

John G. Morikis, of Brecksville, Ohio, is president and chief operating officer of The Sherwin-Williams Co., an $8 billion global leader in the paint and coatings industry. Elected COO in October 2006, he began his career with Sherwin-Williams in February 1985 as a management trainee in Chicago. Morikis serves personally on various professional and community boards and committees, such as the Joint Center for Housing Studies Policy Advisory Board at Harvard University, the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross and the Board of Advisors for the Baker McMillen Co. Morikis holds bachelor's degrees in business administration and psychology from Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Ind. In addition, he earned a master's degree in business from National-Louis University in Evanston, Ill.

Kevin Donovan, of Lake Barrington, Ill., retired from Zacks Investment Research and Management as director of marketing to care for his two teenage sons after the death of his wife. He now volunteers for Executive Service Corps, Chicago, which consults for nonprofit and governmental bodies in the greater Chicago area. Donovan started his career as an account representative for Xerox in Rochester, N.Y. He then moved to New York City to join Time Inc. where he held several positions, including his final position as the manager of special and institutional sales for the books division. Later he joined Doubleday as the director of new product development and moved to Chicago to become the vice president of marketing for the Rand McNally Co. Donovan's Bachelor of Science in marketing is from Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I.

Thomas Jasek, of Menlo Park, Calif., has worked in a series of technology startups and has been an investor for the past 20 years in Silicon Valley, Calif. Jasek's experience has been focused on real-time software for securities traders, both in large trading floors and on Internet sites. At his previous company, he was senior vice president for business development at TIBCO Software Inc. Prior to entering the technology field, Jasek worked as a securities trader and also worked at Bechtel Corp. He has a degree in economics from UCLA and an M.B.A. in finance from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

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 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, 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.