About the Committee

The executive committee has been established to conduct strategic planning, committee membership selection oversight, budget review and reports, planning for long-term sustainability, and strategic alliance development. The executive committee consists of senior administrators including one ArtsEngine dean/director from the University of Michigan which houses the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities.

Name University Title Discipline
Nicholas Allen University of Georgia Director, Willson Center Literature
Jason Corey University of Michigan Associate Dean of Graduate Studies & Research Music
Ed Feser Oregon State University Provost, Executive Vice President Economic Development and Public Policy
Leila Kinney, Vice Chair Massachusetts Institute of Technology Executive Director, MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology Art History
R. Benjamin Knapp Virginia Tech Executive Director, Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology Engineering
Barbara Korner Pennsylvania State University Dean, College of Arts & Architecture Theater
Bob Palazzo, Treasurer University of Alabama at Birmingham Dean, Colleges of Arts and Sciences Biology
Monica Ponce de Leon Princeton University Dean, Princeton School of Architecture Architecture
Luis Rico-Gutierrez Iowa State University Dean, College of Design Architecture
William H. Sherman, Chair University of Virginia Associate Vice President for Research in Design, Arts and Humanities; Founding Director, OpenGrounds Architecture
Sha Xin Wei Arizona State University Director, Synthesis Center and School of Arts, Media and Engineering Mathematics, Scientific Computation, Media Theory
Valarie Williams The Ohio State University Associate Dean and Director, Urban Art Lab Dance

Selection and Responsibility of Members

The Executive Committee will select committee members, in consultation with committee co-chairs, based on diversity of discipline, expertise, geographic region, university profiles (e.g., public/private, small/large), gender, culture, and other factors. All committee members must represent universities who are a2ru partners and commit to participating in regular conference calls and to completing a minimum of three hours of committee work between calls. Individuals may be nominated (or self-nominate). Committee members who are not able, for any reason, to perform these agreed-upon responsibilities on a regular basis will be asked by committee chairs to step aside for colleagues who are better able to fulfill the duties. All partners are welcome to return to a2ru committee work through the annual selection process when other commitments allow.

Establishing the First Executive Committee

The first Executive Committee was established in spring 2013. The disbanding Steering Committee (composed of co-chairs of standing committees from March 2012 to March 2013, a representative of ArtsEngine’s Directors, and the Executive Director) selected the first Executive Committee from among nominations received.

Chair Selection

The committee will have a chair- and vice-chair, selected from among partner leaders for the position.

Chair Responsibilities

Chairs share responsibility for committee activity, including working with staff to set short- and long-term agendas; convene, chair, and circulate minutes of monthly meetings; ensure that committee members have the material and support necessary to do their work; follow-up with committee members to ensure that assignments are completed; and ensure timely completion and reporting of the committee charge.


Committee terms run July 1–June 30 for two consecutive years and can be renewed.