Jacqueline Chanda, president

Jacqueline Chanda, Ph.D., is president of the Kansas City Art Institute. Prior to her appointment as president in 2011, she was the academic dean of the Institute for American Universities and director of the Aix Center in Aix-en-Provence in France. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in a variety of art-related topics and, as a researcher, has explored cognitive and pedagogical issues related to art history instruction in art education, cultural influences of African art and technology and learning. She has received numerous travel and research grants from the institutions on whose faculty she has served and from other entities, including the U.S. Department of Education, and her articles have been widely published. She is a member of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans, the National Art Education Association and the College Art Association, among other organizations.

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Bambi Burgard, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs

Bambi Burgard joined KCAI in 2000 as assistant dean for academic affairs and director of the academic resource center. In 2006, she became associate vice president for student achievement; from 2008 to 2010 she served the college as interim vice president for enrollment management; in 2010 she was promoted to vice president for enrollment management and student achievement; and in 2012, she was named vice president for academic affairs. Before coming to KCAI, she worked in the student counseling center at University of Missouri-Kansas City and in private practice. Burgard earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from University of Missouri-Kansas City and is a licensed psychologist in Missouri and Kansas.

Anne Canfield, vice president for communications

Anne Canfield joined KCAI in 2002 from the Kauffman Foundation, where she had been vice president for communications. Before that she spent nearly 16 years as a communications consultant with Fleishman-Hillard Inc., an international public relations consulting firm, where she was a senior vice president and partner. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from Stanford University in California, studied on the graduate level at the University of Michigan and is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America. In 2011, she received the Arthur E. Lowell Award for excellence in organizational communications, the highest honor bestowed by the Kansas City chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators.

Larry Dickerson, vice president and Chief Information Officer

Larry Dickerson joined KCAI in 2006 from William Jewell College, where he served as director of information services, spanning 27 years as an administrator, teacher, speaker and coach. He holds a bachelor’s degree from William Jewell in physics and philosophy and a master’s degree in divinity from Yale University.

Nicolle Ratliff, vice president for advancement
Nicolle Ratliff joined KCAI in 2012 from the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, where she was development director. Before that, she was manager of individual giving at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, with responsibility for the Nelson’s Friends of Art and Society of Fellows membership groups.A member of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s 2011-2012 Centurions class, Ratliff was an ambassador for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, serving on that group’s executive committee from 2006-2010 and on the “1Yr2Go” planning committee. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas, from which she graduated cum laude, and she studied art history in Florence, Italy, and Paris.
Rick Rieder, vice president for administration
Rick Rieder joined KCAI in 2013 from Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., where he had been vice president for finance and business affairs and treasurer of the board. He holds an M.B.A. degree from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va., a master’s degree in music from Oklahoma City University and a bachelor’s degree with a double major in business and music from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan. Prior to joining Millikin, Rieder was vice president for finance at Malone University in Canton, Ohio, and before that he was vice president for finance and CFO of Greenville College in Illinois. He also has held business and administrative positions at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind.; Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster, Pa.; and Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn.

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