Kent Devereaux | President
Before assuming the presidency of NHIA in January 2015, Kent served as Professor and Chair of the Music Department at Cornish College of the Arts and Artistic Director for the college’s presenting series, Cornish Presents. Prior academic affiliations include appointments as a Visiting Artist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), as the Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Professor in Criticism at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), and as a Fulbright Fellow at the national arts academy in Surakarta, Java, Indonesia.
In addition to his experience in arts education, Kent spent over a decade working in the technology and publishing industries including stints as Senior Vice President of Editorial and Product Development at Encyclopaedia Britannica, where he was instrumental in transforming the educational publisher from a print to online business model in the 1990s, and as Senior Vice President and Dean of Curriculum at Kaplan University from 2001 to 2008.
As a composer and director, Kent’s own work includes collaborations with artists from around the world and performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and elsewhere. He has also been the recipient of grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Rockefeller Foundation, among others.
Jonathan Lindsay | VP of Enrollment Management
While not an artist himself, Jonathan enjoys being around creative people and has spent much of his career on the campuses of art schools including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbus College of Art & Design and Cornish College of the Arts.
His interest in higher education and in the arts was spawned by two seminal experiences in college. Jonathan first came to the United States from England as a high school exchange student. He attended Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, for a semester and traveled the following summer. He enjoyed both experiences so much that he decided to attend college in the States rather than in England.
It was at National College of Education, just outside Chicago, that he was assigned work study jobs in the Financial Aid Office and the Performing Arts Office which led to lifelong interests in higher education and in the arts. Upon graduating, Jonathan was offered a job in the Financial Aid Office and, several years later, he joined the School of the Art Institute.
Over the years, Jonathan has played various rolls in Admissions, Financial Aid, Finance, IT, Marketing and Student Accounts. Of particular interest to Jonathan is the potential of growing the relationship between the college and the city of Manchester. Manchester offers the college many opportunities and vice versa.
Bill Schaff | Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Schaaf is an artist and designer who was originally trained in the U.S. as a product designer and worked for the next ten years developing a diverse range of products for such high-profile clients as Dell, Siemens, Black and Decker and Johnson & Johnson. While studying for his Masters in Industrial Design he began a career in design education and worked as a research fellow on a $2.5M federally-funded project through the Department for Transportation to develop computer-based tools for concurrent design and assessment of advanced automobile interfaces.
After completing his Masters in Industrial Design at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Schaaf moved to the United Kingdom, where he has taught and developed new curricula across a range of programs at the University of Salford, Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, and most recently at Buckinghamshire New University where he has currently been developing a new Master of Arts in Design for the Internet of Things (IoT) graduate degree program.
Schaaf’s research and professional interests lie in developing new creative tools and design methods and he has spoken widely across Europe, Japan, China and South Korea on these topics. Schaaf earned his Bachelor of Environmental Design in Product from North Carolina State University (’82) and his Masters of Industrial Design from the University of the Arts (’95).
Lucinda Bliss | Dean of Graduate Studies
Lucinda stepped in as Dean of Graduate Studies at NHIA in 2016, after 3 years as core faculty in the MFA in Visual Arts program. Bliss has been teaching in Higher Education for 20 years, and has held positions including Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Colby College and Professor of Liberal Studies at Union Institute & University, as well as teaching appointments at the University of Southern Maine and the Maine College of Art.
Bliss is practicing artist. Her creative work consists of drawing, painting, and installation and tends to focus on the exploration of place. A literal navigation of particular locations (the Maine border, the Casco Bay watershed, the mountains of Wyoming…) leads the artist to images and narratives that generate a body of work. Lucinda has exhibited widely, at venues including The Ogunquit Museum of Art, Aucocisco Gallery, Whitney Art Works, Common Street Arts, Landmark College, The University of New England, Space Gallery, Bates College Museum of Art, Slippery Rock University, the University of New England, the University of Arizona, the Tucson Museum of Art, The Brattleboro Museum, and the Boston Center for the Arts.
Lucinda earned a BFA from Skidmore College (1988) and an MFA in Visual Art from the Vermont College of Fine Arts (1999). In 2016, she received a Space Gallery Kindling Grant through the Warhol Regional Re-granting Program in support of her project, Tracking the Border, in which she explored the 611miles that make up the Maine-Canada border. She has received two Maine Arts Commission grants and residencies at the Ucross Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Hewnoaks, Shotpouch Creek of Oregon State University, Anderson Ranch, and the Vermont Studio Center.
Michele Tracia | Dean of Student Affairs
Michele Boussy Tracia has served as the Dean of Student Affairs at NHIA since 2015.
Student Affairs consists of many of the departments that create learning experiences for students outside the classroom such as Residence Life, Safety and Security, New Student Orientation, International Student Services, Title IX Compliance, the Dean of Students Office, Counseling, and Student Leadership.
Michele previously worked in Student Affairs at Miami Dade College, College of Southern Maryland, University of New England, Northeastern University and Providence College. Just prior to her arrival at NHIA, she was the Dean of Student Affairs and Title IX Officer for The New England Institute of Art. She has taught undergraduate courses at Miami Dade College and the College of Southern Maryland.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Providence College and a master’s degree in Counseling and Student Personnel from Northeastern University. She completed her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Higher Education Leadership at Capella University.