M.F.A., 1986, Art, terminal degree, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Education, Madison, WI

M.A., 1985, Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Education, Madison, WI

B.F.A., 1983, Interdepartmental, Temple University, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA, and Rome, Italy



C.F.R.M., 2013, Certificate in Fund Raising Management, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indianapolis, IN



2015-present, President, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD)

2010-2015, Dean, College of Fine Arts & Communication (COFAC), University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP)

2009-2010, Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UWSP

2005-2009, Dean, COFAC, UWSP

2000-2005, Chair, Department of Art & Design, UWSP

1996-2015, Professor, tenured, Department of Art & Design, Graphic Design Area, UWSP

1993-1996, Foundation Program Coordinator, Art Department, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC)

1988-1996, Associate Professor, tenured, Art Department, Graphic Design Area, UTC

1986-1988, Assistant Professor, tenure-track, Art Department, Graphic Design Area, Bethany College



  • American Alliance of Museums
  • Arts Wisconsin, Institutional Representative
  • Association of Governing Boards, Institutional Representative
  • Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design, Board of Directors (ex officio)
  • Higher Learning Commission, Institutional Representative
  • Greater Milwaukee Committee
  •         Creative Placemaking Committee
  •         Education Committee
  •         Innovation in Milwaukee Council
  • Greater Together, Board of Directors
  • LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education
  • Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, Institutional Representative
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Institutional Representative
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Institutional Representative
  • Soviet Society of Graphic Designers (honorary)
  • Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Board of Directors (ex officio)
  • Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Institutional Representative



  • Honorary Inductee, 2016, Alpha Lambda Delta, National Academic Honor Society, MIAD, Milwaukee, WI
  • Inductee, 2014, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, UWSP, Stevens Point, WI
  • University Excellence in Teaching Award, 2005, UWSP, Stevens Point, WI
  • Constructing a Sacred Space, 2002-2003, sabbatical, UWSP, Stevens Point, WI
  • University Leadership Mentor Award, 2002, UWSP, Stevens Point, WI
  • The State of Wisconsin Certificate of Commendation, 1999, Hmong Domestic Violence Awareness Education Project, graphic designer, Madison, WI
  • Teacher Scholar Award, 1999, COFAC, UWSP, Stevens Point, WI
  • CASE International Circle of Excellence Awards Program, 1998, Silver Medal, Special Program Publication Packages, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Washington, DC
  • Certificate of Design Excellence, 1997, Regional Design Annual, Print Magazine, New York, NY
  • Summer Research Fellowship, 1992, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL
  • Outstanding Professor Award, 1990, UTC, Chattanooga, TN
  • UT National Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher, 1990, campus nominee, UTC, Chattanooga, TN
  • Advanced Opportunity Summer Fellowship, 1985, 1986, UW-Madison, Madison, WI
  • Advanced Opportunity Fellowship, 1985, UW-Madison, Madison, WI
  • School of Education Assigned State Fellowship, 1984, UW-Madison, Madison, WI