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VCUarts Qatar Leadership and Governance

VCUarts Qatar, as a branch campus of VCUarts in Richmond, has its own leadership team based in Education City in Doha.  

The campus is led by Dean Amir Berbić, supported by Associate and Assistant Deans and key Administrative and Academic Directors and Chairs.

The campus is governed by a Joint Advisory Board consisting of representatives from Qatar Foundation, VCU home campus, and key stakeholders from the academic and creative community.  

Joint Advisory Board

Dr. Fotis Sotiropoulos (Co-Chair)Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, VCU
H.E. Rachid Mohammed Rachid (Co-Chair)Managing Director, QInvest LLC
Dr. Carmenita HigginbothamDean, School of the Arts and Special Assistant to the Provost, VCUarts Richmond
Karol GraySenior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, VCU
Dr. Amal Al-MalkiFounding Dean, College of Humanities & Social Sciences, HBKU
Wadha Al HajriFashion Designer & Founder, WADHA
Dr. Venka PurushothamanDeputy President & Provost, La Salle College of the Arts
Mark RobbinsFormer President and CEO, American Academy in Rome
Gunalan NadarajanDean Emeritus, Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan
Francisco Marmolejo (Ex officio)President, Higher Education, Qatar Foundation
Amir Berbić  (Ex officio)Dean, VCUarts Qatar

Administration

Amir BerbićDean, VCUarts Qatar
Dr. Cherif AmorAssociate Dean for Academic Affairs
Gina GiambattistaAssociate Dean for Administration
Dr. Diane DerrAssociate Dean for Research and Development
Greet ProvoostAssistant Dean, Enrollment and Registration Services
Dr. Matthew NelsonInterim Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

Academic Chairs

Dr. Radha DalalDirector of Art History
Christopher FinkChair of Fashion Design
Mohammad SuleimanChair of Interior Design
Dr. Aissa DeebiDirector of Painting + Printmaking
Patty PaineDirector of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Simone MuscolinoDirector of Foundation
Astrid KensingerChair of Graphic Design
Rab McClureDirector of MFA in Design
Amy AndresDirector of Libraries

Dean’s Advisory Group

Amir BerbićDean
Dr. Cherif AmorAssociate Dean for Academic Affairs
Gina GiambattistaAssociate Dean for Administration
Kathryn London-PennyExecutive Director of Strategic Communication
Dr. Diane DerrAssociate Dean for Research and Development
Lejla NikšićDirector of Strategic Engagement
Greet ProvoostAssistant Dean for Enrollment and Registration Services
Dr. Matthew NelsonInterim Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Dr. Byrad YyellandCo-Chair, Faculty Advisory Committee
Hadeer OmarCo-Chair, Faculty Advisory Committee
Sarah FaheemChair, Staff Advisory Committee