The Montserrat College of Art Board of Trustees has named Kurt T. Steinberg to serve as president of the four-year art and design college beginning July 1. Steinberg is currently executive vice president at Massachusetts College of Art and Design (Mass Art), an institution he has served for 12 years, during which time he also served for one year as acting president. Steinberg will succeed retiring President Stephen D. Immerman, Ed.D. of Salem, who successfully led the college for the past 9-years.
Montserrat Trustees Chair Henrietta Gates said, “We are excited for the leadership that Kurt Steinberg will bring to Montserrat as we approach our 50th anniversary in 2020. Kurt is the perfect choice to build on the success achieved under Steve Immerman’s tenure and continue to expand the college’s national reputation as a leading college of art and design. Following a national search, we were fortunate to find Kurt so close by. His impressive experience, knowledge of the region, and dedication to the value of an art and design education will make for a seamless transition at the college and for what we are confident will be a successful presidency at Montserrat.”
Under Steinberg’s leadership, Mass Art welcomed the largest incoming class of students in its history in Fall 2017, significantly increased institutional financial aid and grants to students over the past four years, resulting in a decrease in student debt, and forged corporate and collegiate partnerships that reduced costs and expanded student services. Steinberg also led a delegation to China to establish a five-year academic/recruitment partnership with the Beijing Royal School, and served as a member of a Fulbright Commission of 15 US chief financial officers to visit multiple German universities. His strategic leadership of a 10-year plan to renovate the MassArt physical campus resulted in the transformation of the college’s academic and student life spaces.
An authority in collegiate operations, Steinberg has delivered guest lectures on higher education finance, urban planning, and the Massachusetts political process at Suffolk University, the University of Massachusetts Boston, and many professional higher education conferences. He is a visiting accreditor for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD).
Prior to joining MassArt, Steinberg was Associate Vice Chancellor/CFO at the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Syracuse University and a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. He is currently completing his doctoral studies in Organizational Leadership (Ed.D.) at Northeastern University.
A resident of Framingham, Steinberg is a trustee of the Danforth Museum and School. He was an elected member of the Framingham town meeting, and chair of its finance committee. He is married to Sarah Steinberg, a graduate of the Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts and an artist-educator with the Wellesley Public Schools. The Steinbergs have two sons, one of whom attends Framingham High School, and the other University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Steinberg said, “I am very excited for the opportunity to serve the Montserrat College of Art community as its next president. Its unique founding by a group of creative professionals is a statement of how our community of artists, designers and artist-educators inform themselves and the world about the transformational power of creativity. I look forward to being part of the future of this important institution that is poised for even greater things during its next 50 years. We will continue to inspire and focus on the needs of individual students as they explore their passion for expression.”
Montserrat College of Art is educating the designers, artists, entrepreneurs and problem solvers for a rapidly changing world that requires creative solutions to new challenges. At the intersection of art, design and technology, the college offers three international programs, 12 concentrations and a required internship program. Montserrat alumni are employed by some of the country’s biggest brands including Disney, Puma, Hasbro and more. Students earn the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and develop their skills for success in today’s growing creative economy. The college also offers year-round classes for youth, teens and adults through its Continuing Education Division, and has four public galleries offering year-round, free exhibitions and lectures. Montserrat is “Where Creativity Works.”