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MICA Welcomes New Board Members

Five People Have Joined College's Governing Body in 2010

Posted 11.30.10 by mica communications


BALTIMORE--At the Annual Meeting of the Members of its Board of Trustees on Oct. 29, 2010, MICA welcomed four new board members. Michael S. Beatty, Jeffrey G. Bunting and Michel Modell '07, '10 were named trustees on the board, the governing body that directs the policies of the College, for three-year terms. Brian Martel '93 was named alumni trustee. In addition, Kibebe Gizaw joined the board at the April 30, 2010, meeting.


Michael S. Beatty, of Baltimore, has been the president and a principal of H&S Properties Development Corp. for the past 17 years. He is responsible for nearly $1 billion in multi-use development along Baltimore's waterfront, including the Harbor East, Harbor Point and Bond Street Wharf projects. In addition to MICA, he supports The Arc of Baltimore, Ronald McDonald House, Boy Scouts of America and Baltimore School for the Arts, among many others.

Jeffrey G. Bunting, of Nashville, Tenn., has been working with entrepreneurs, small-business startups and nonprofits in varied capacities for nearly 20 years. He is president and co-founder of Alpine Food Service Solutions, which operates healthy food service concepts at college campuses nationwide that have won numerous quality product and service awards. He is also a director and co-founder of the fashion apparel company Kiss My Feet; co-founder of the Affinity Stone Company, a full-range natural stone fabrication company that produces products for residential and commercial clients; and co-founder of party equipment rental companies Music City Tents and Events in Nashville and Peach Tree Tents and Events in Atlanta.

Kibebe Gizaw, now of Springfield, Va., was born and educated in Ethiopia and came to the United States to pursue a degree in economics. While a student in Massachusetts in the early 1970s, he met and became a close confidant of MICA donor Genevieve McMillan. He held various positions as a financial planner and consultant for utility companies in Boston and Seattle before moving to Northern Virginia. He is a founding trustee and current president of the Genevieve McMillan Reba Stewart Foundation, manages the investments for the McMillan Trust, and is in charge of placing the McMillan Collection of African and Oceanic Art.

Brian Martel '93 (printmaking), of Baltimore, is a 20-year veteran in the interactive entertainment industry. He began his career working on the first Civilization game at MicroProse, in Hunt Valley, Md. Since then, he has been at the forefront of one of the most important advances in the industry: the action shooter category. Later, he worked on movie properties, such as James Bond, and on PC versions of some massive industry franchises, including Tony Hawk and Halo. He was a visionary behind creating Brothers in Arms and led the final art direction for Borderlands. Since starting as an artist, Martel has worked his way up to be chief creative officer for Gearbox Software and has been a driving force behind much of the studio's success.

Michel Modell '07, '10 (post-baccalaureate, Hoffberger School of Painting), of Baltimore, studied under Grace Hartigan and Joyce Kozloff and served as the assistant to then-Director Timothy App while completing her M.F.A. at MICA. Her artistic approach is motivated by diverse influences, as her own history is a blend of analytical and creative experiences. She received a degree in ocean engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology, and after working as an engineer for a number of years, she returned to a lifelong passion and became a professional figure skater before studying at MICA. She is committed to furthering art education and academic excellence in the greater Baltimore community. In addition to MICA's board, she serves as vice president of the board of Maryland Art Place.

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.