President’s Corner

Our Administration, Staff, and Faculty are committed to the excellence of your art school education from the moment you walk through our doors, to the moment you accept your diploma at graduation. Learn about the behind-the-scenes people who make it possible for SFUAD to be your new home.

Maria J. Puzziferro
Maria J. Puzziferro

Dr. Maria Puzziferro

Interim President

Dr. Maria Puzziferro brings more than 20 years of excellence in leadership in higher education to her position at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. She most recently served as the President of Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design (RMCAD), where she revitalized the academic offerings and brought new approaches to campus engagement. Dr. Puzziferro also served as the Dean of Academic Affairs at Colorado State University-Global Campus, and Executive Dean of the Open Campus at Florida State College. She has a global vision of higher education, combining innovation in curriculum and academic offerings with creativity in leveraging technology to improve the student academic experience.

Dr. Puzziferro received a PhD from New York University in Higher Education and Leadership; a MA/MLS from St. John’s University in Government and Politics; and a BA from Adelphi University in Political Science. In addition to her passion for higher education, Dr. Puzziferro has an interest in metalwork. As demonstrated through her own jewelry creations of Mia Maia Handmade Jewelry, she believes that an artist’s work is to analyze, interpret and share their perspective on the world.