MANCHESTER — The president of the New Hampshire Institute of Art is leaving to become the 12th president of Goucher College in Maryland.
Kent Devereaux has led the city art college since November 2014, coming to the Queen City from a small Seattle arts college where he ran the music department.
“I am humbled and honored to have been selected as Goucher College’s 12th president,” Devereaux said Thursday. “The college has both a storied tradition as well as a track record of innovation that’s resulted in Goucher being consistently ranked amongst the top 120 national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report.”
Goucher College is located on a sprawling 287-acre campus on the outskirts of Baltimore, he said. It has about 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students from all across the country.
“Like all small, private, non-profit colleges these days, the challenges ahead are many,” said Deveraux, but with a $220 million endowment and a passionate board of directors, Goucher’s future looks bright, he said.
Devereaux took over the New Hampshire Institute of Art with a mission to grow its enrollment. At the time, there were about 500 students attending, now there are about 1,500, growth that impressed his new employer.
“President-designate Devereaux distinguished himself in a highly competitive and diverse pool of candidates that advanced through a thoughtful search process,” said Ruth Lenrow, chair of the Board of Trustees of Goucher College. “He brings the right combination of higher education leadership experience, together with business savvy from his time in the private sector.”
In Manchester, Devereaux worked with faculty to revise curriculum, launched innovative new degree and certificate programs, tripled the college’s fundraising, doubled the number of admission applications, expanded enrollment across 30 states, yet increased the average GPA of the incoming class, Goucher College said in a statement announcing its decision.
The school also cited Devereaux’s work initiating New Hampshire Institute of Art’s 2018 merger with New England College in Henniker.
The NHIA continues to operate in Manchester as the Institute of Art & Design at New England College, but now students are given the opportunity to study at either campus.