Robert Milnes, dean of the College of Visual Arts and Design, has been elected president of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. His three-year term began Oct. 12.
"Being recognized and honored by my colleagues in this way is both wonderful and humbling," Milnes says. "The position offers an opportunity to reach out through the higher education arts and design community and to help to shape policies and provide services."
As president, Milnes will preside at all general meetings of the association, the board of directors and the executive committee.
NASAD, which consists of about 290 schools of art and design, is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the accrediting agency covering the entire field of art and design in post-secondary education.
The organization began in 1944 as the National Association of Design, a conference of 22 schools of industrial design, and was formalized as an accrediting body in 1948.
Milnes joined UNT as dean in January 2006, after serving as professor of art and director of the School of Art and Design at San Jose State University. Milnes is an acclaimed sculptor and ceramist whose works have been included in more than 165 national exhibitions. They are represented in numerous private collections and in public collections including the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute, Arizona State University, the Erie Art Museum, the Seattle Arts Commission and the San Jose Museum of Art.
Milnes also served as director of the School of Art at Louisiana State University and chair of the art department and professor of ceramics at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
He has served as vice president of NASAD and has been a member of the executive committee of the organization's board of directors. He is also past-president of the National Council of Art Administrators.
Ellen Rossetti with UNT News Service
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