PAFA Presidential Search 2021

Published May 2021

"We are committed to seeking a leader who shares our core values–Community, Diversity & Inclusion, Education, Stewardship, Traditions–and can lead us with empathy through strategic revitalization in a post-pandemic world."

-Kevin F. Donohoe, Chair of the Board


The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts has launched a search for its next President & CEO. A search committee co-chaired by two members of the Board of Trustees leads the search supported by Isaacson, Miller – a search firm with substantial higher education, arts, and cultural organization experience.  The committee of 10 brings unique perspectives as students, faculty, staff, and alumni. In the coming weeks, the search firm will be conducting listening sessions with various community members. 

(Additional update: In May 2021, alumni, faculty, staff, and students were invited to submit input and feedback to help inform and guide the recruitment and selection process through an online survey.)

Search Committee

Kevin Donohoe, Chair of the Board of Trustees
Anne E. McCollum, Officer, Trustee

Reginald Browne, Officer, Trustee
Emily Cavanagh, Trustee
Charlie Chase, Trustee
Joseph Culley, Officer, Trustee
Jannie Lau, Trustee

Faculty, Staff, and Alumni:
Michael Gallagher, Appointed Professor of Painting
Abigail King, Assistant Director of Adult Programs (MFA, 2013)
Gregory Martino, Director of Career Services
Sarah McEneaney, Alumna (Certificate, 1979)
Hoang Tran, Director of Archives 
Brittany Webb, Evelyn and Will Kaplan Curator of Twentieth-Century Art and the John Rhoden Collection

Additional advisory committee members:
Don Caldwell, Chair Emeritus
Elizabeth Warshawer, Interim President & CEO
Lisa Biagas, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator

Search Firm

Since 1982, Isaacson, Miller has recruited for the leadership of the nation's civic infrastructure. The firm has approximately 165 employees located in Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Isaacson, Miller completes 400 searches each year, and their clients include colleges and universities, foundations, research institutes, arts and cultural groups, and social justice and other national advocacy organizations. Almost all of their clients are not-for-profit organizations meeting the demands of both mission and market.


The Board of Trustees welcomes input from all members of the community. 
To ask a question or to nominate a candidate please email


Apply Now

Interested candidates may apply on the Isaacson, Miller website. The Search Committee also welcomes nominations from the community. Please indicate why you think the person you nominate would be an exceptionally good fit for PAFA. 

PAFA, President and CEO Position Profile

About PAFA

Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is America's first school and museum of fine arts. A recipient of the National Medal of Arts, PAFA offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the fine arts, innovative exhibitions of historic and contemporary American art, and a world-class collection of American art. PAFA’s esteemed alumni include Mary Cassatt, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Thomas Eakins, William Glackens, Barkley L. Hendricks, Violet Oakley, Louis Kahn, David Lynch, and Henry Ossawa Tanner.