Samuel Hoi, president of the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, offers a follow-up plan for what to do with the vacant sites of Confederate monuments.
Hoi is an advocate for integrating entrepreneurship training into art and design education, and for broadening the role of creative professionals as drivers in social, economic, and cultural advancement. Formerly, he was president of the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, where he launched the annual Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region and California. He has shepherded new academic initiatives involving innovative partnerships and community engagement that place art and design education in real life context. As dean of the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C., he created a visual arts program serving inner-city youth that received a National Multicultural Institute Award and a Coming Up Taller Award from the President's Committee on Arts and Humanities. He serves on and chaired the boards of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) and United States Artists (USA). He also serves on the board of National Arts Strategies (NAS) and the National Advisory Board of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP). Hoi holds honorary doctoral degrees from the Corcoran College of Art and Design and Otis College of Art and Design, and was decorated in 2006 by the French government as an Officer of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques.