SAIC (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), one of the world's premier institutions for art and design education, seeks a visionary, inspiring, and collaborative president who will extend the School's history of innovation and success in educating artists, designers, and scholars.


SAIC is one of the most innovative and creative colleges of art and design in the field; it has advanced the teaching and practice of art and design, and its influence is felt around the world. Ranked second among fine arts graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report, the School is distinguished by an iconic educational approach that rejects disciplinary boundaries, eschews majors, and challenges students to construct individualized, interdisciplinary programs for themselves. SAIC enrolls 3,571 degree-seeking students who are artists, designers, scholars, and mold-breakers. The School is further distinguished through its connection to a world-class fine arts museum, the second largest in the nation: the Art Institute of Chicago, a single corporation, encompasses both the School and the Art Institute of Chicago museum. In addition to the museum, the School’s formidable resources include state-of-the-art facilities and SAIC’s relationships with the city and nearby educational institutions, civic bodies, and cultural organizations.


This is an opportunity to lead a remarkable and remarkably dynamic institution at a moment when the School, already operating at an extraordinarily high level, is poised for further achievement. SAIC has tremendous institutional strengths, beginning with a supportive Board of Trustees and Board of Governors. The institution boasts strong finances, robust enrollment, and an excellent physical plant. SAIC faculty and staff are renowned for their expertise, commitment, and passion for the School's mission: to provide a comprehensive liberal arts and arts and design education that serves students throughout their careers.


The next President will build on SAIC's record of success. Partnering with the Board of Trustees, the Board of Governors, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of the School, the President will champion an exciting and sustainable vision for SAIC. The President will work collaboratively to develop and communicate priorities for the future; translate goals into action; ensure organizational health; and grow resources. Maintaining an emphasis on student success, wellness, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and access will be essential. The ideal candidate will possess outstanding leadership and management abilities, strategic and tactical strengths, administrative experience in settings of similar or greater complexity, passion for and informed understanding of art and design, and the exceptional communication and listening skills necessary to lead effectively and well.


SAIC has retained Isaacson, Miller to assist in this recruitment. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications should be submitted electronically and in confidence to Anita Tien, Andy Marshall, Stephen Kalogeras, and Christina Errico at Isaacson, Miller.


The Art Institute of Chicago, including both the School and the museum, is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for its students, visitors, faculty, and staff, and to ensuring that educational and employment decisions are based on an individual’s abilities and qualifications. The Art Institute of Chicago does not tolerate unlawful discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or former military status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law, in its programs and activities, public accommodations or employment practices.


SAIC's Diversity Mission Statement:

The School’s primary purpose is to cultivate a campus designed to encourage the discovery and development of significant ideas and images. The School is, therefore, committed to assembling a diverse community of faculty, students, and staff and to nurturing and creating an environment in which those different perspectives and backgrounds can be heard, valued, and utilized.