Samuel Hoi has been named the next president of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), effective July 1. His predecessor, Fred Lazarus IV, in the top spot since 1978, announced his retirement, effective this coming May, in April of last year.
Hoi comes to MICA from Los Angeles, where he has been the president of the Otis College of Art and Design since 2000. Among his successful initiatives there is the annually produced Otis Report on the Creative Economy. He has encouraged Otis students to engage with and become leaders in the local community though the curriculum model Creative Action: An Integrated Learning Program. Hoi's presidency saw a 34 percent enrollment increase at the college and a 200 percent increase in the number of individual donors, with operating resources more than doubling and the college endowment more than tripling.
In a press release, Niel Meyerhoff, chairman of MICA's board of trustees, cited Hoi's "30 years of experience in launching visionary initiatives, developing community-based collaborations and empowering a world-class faculty and staff" as deciding factors in his appointment.
Previously, Hoi was the dean at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C., and the director of Parsons The School for Design's Paris campus. Hoi has also served as the chair of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, the James Irvine Foundation and United States Artists. He currently co-chairs the Creative Economy Convergence Task Force of Los Angeles.