NHIA Extends President's Contract to 2021

Jennifer Robertson on 07.27.17

New Hampshire Institute of Art Announces Extension of President Devereaux’s Contract to 2021


The New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) Board of Trustees has unanimously approved the extension of current president Kent Devereaux’s contract through June 2021. 

Devereaux began his tenure at NHIA in January 2015. Since then he has been instrumental in increasing the college’s visibility beyond New England and expanding its academic offerings into innovative new areas such as Creative Placemaking. Devereaux has also forged a new academic partnership with the University of New Hampshire, overseen the implementation of an entirely new first-year Foundations curriculum, successfully completed the college’s ten-year reaccreditation by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), and increased annual giving to the college by over 300%. 

“President Devereaux has done a tremendous job of instituting numerous improvements in academics, governance, fundraising, and other areas at NHIA,” said Joe Reilly, Chair of NHIA’s Board of Trustees and Regional President of Eastern Bank. “The Board of Trustees have demonstrated their full support for Kent with this contract extension.”

President Devereaux has a long and distinguished career in the performing and visual arts, higher education, and online services. He has held faculty and academic leadership positions at three other nationally prominent arts colleges — Cornish College of the Arts, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). He was also a Fulbright Fellow in Indonesia. 

Devereaux has held executive leadership positions at both Kaplan University — where he served as Senior Vice President and Dean of Curriculum — and at Encyclopaedia Britannica, where as Senior Vice President of Editorial and Product Development he was instrumental in transforming that educational publisher from a print to an online business in the 1990s. 

Devereaux holds an undergraduate degree in Music from Cornish College of the Arts and a graduate degree in Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He also completed graduate work in music and computer science at Stanford University.