Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Santa Fe University of Art and Design – Board of Directors

The University’s Board of Directors share the responsibility of ensuring that the University serves the public interest, maintains the highest academic quality, operates with integrity, and remains financially strong. The Board works to ensure that Santa Fe University of Art and Design adheres to high standards for academic quality in the admission and retention of students, the integrity of its academic programs, and the assessment of student learning outcomes and student success. They also protect the integrity of the University by ensuring that it accurately and fairly describes its programs and degrees conferred, academic expectations, and financial requirements or attending the University. Finally, the Board promotes the viability of the University by ensuring the soundness of its financial status and personnel practices.

The University’s Board of Directors is made up of outstanding leaders in education, business, culture, and the arts, and includes both local and national representatives committed to the success and the University and its students.


Susan Fairbairn-Chairperson

President and CEO, HMJ Enterprises, Inc. and SLSC Group, Inc.

Thomas Aageson

Co-Founder, Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship

Penny Brown

President, Kendall College Trust

Dr. Bonnie Copeland

Vice President, Accreditation, Laureate Global Products and Services

Dr. William G. Durden

President Emeritus of Dickinson College, joint Professor (research) with the School of Education at John Hopkins University, and Dean of the Bath Spa University School of Business and Entrepreneurship (UK)

Darryn Melrose

CEO, Media Design School

Rick Patro

President, Laureate Global Products and Services

Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez

Independent Scholar, Cultural Consultant and Writer

Debra Rubino

Vice President for Strategic Communications, Maryland Institute College of Art

Vivian Sanchez

Chief Executive Officer, Laureate Design Universities, Laureate Education, Inc.

Bill Williams

Trumpet Soloist, Educator, and Performance Consultant