Ellen Meyer joined AGB Search in 2017, following 34 years in higher education administrative leadership roles—including 21 years as a college president—at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, Atlanta College of Art (Woodruff Arts Center), Rhode Island School of Design, and Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She is a seasoned administrator in executive and faculty recruitment and management, strategic planning and partnerships, curriculum development, fundraising, financial planning and oversight, facilities design and construction, and trustee and community relations. Having chaired and served on successful executive and senior-level search committees for academic associations, as well as for her home institutions, Ms. Meyer has a thorough understanding of effective recruitment and selection strategies.
Most recently appointed president emeritus of Watkins College of Art, Design & Film in Nashville, Ms. Meyer has served on the Commission on Accreditation for the National Association of Schools of Art and Design; on the boards of the National Black Arts Festival, the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, and the John C. Campbell Folk School; as president of the Mid-America College Art Association; and as chair of the board of the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education.
Ms. Meyer holds both bachelor and master of arts degrees in art history and theory from the George Washington University. She has also completed graduate work in management at Georgia Tech and in ceramics at Antioch University. She is an alumna of Leadership Atlanta, Leadership Nashville, Leadership Music, and the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, Leadership in Public Policy program.