MICA Leadership

President Cecilia McCormick

Cecilia M. McCormick is the president of Maryland Institute College of Art, the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art in the United States.

Cecilia M. McCormick has spent her career focusing on education, advocacy, and service to the community. McCormick is the former president of Elizabethtown College who successfully led the institution through a transformative time, securing financial stability and enrollment growth. Prior to that McCormick served as Vice Provost for Academic Strategy and Special Programs, Chief of Staff for Academic Affairs, and the Associate Provost for Strategic and Academic Initiatives at Thomas Jefferson University.  

At Jefferson, McCormick was integral to the successful merger of Thomas Jefferson and Philadelphia Universities and developed numerous strategic initiatives, including new academic programs, operations, and processes.  She has collaborated across the institution in both the creation and implementation of strategic plans and budgeting processes. McCormick also secured school and community partnerships and launched pipeline programs for students in the Philadelphia region to create an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Education with a focus on skills and workforce development for underserved populations.

At Johns Hopkins University, McCormick was the Chief of Staff to the Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Operating Officer.  She also has held myriad positions at Widener University, including serving as Executive Director in the Office of the President and a member of the President’s Executive Team.

McCormick, a first-generation college student, holds a bachelor’s degree in management and marketing from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and a juris doctorate from Widener University’s Delaware Law School and still maintains her license to practice law in Pennsylvania.