Assistant Dean Marva Motley Retires, Named Emerita
Her appointment as Assistant Dean Emerita has been approved.
Prior to joining the College of Design’s administrative team in 1995, Motley served as the first Director of Admissions for the College of Veterinary Medicine, responsible for recruitment, admissions and retention for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program, developing and directing the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Summer High School Apprentice Program and working with North Carolina colleges to increase minority presence in the professional program.
As Assistant Dean for the College of Design, Motley was responsible for recruitment, admission and retention of design students. One of her most notable contributions included expanding Design Camp to become a high profile outreach program that continues to attract hundreds of prospective design majors from all over the world.
Motley is retiring to enjoy travel, gardening, relaxing and spending time with her family, especially her three grandsons.
Whitaker Moves into Top Student Services Role
With the retirement of Marva Motley, Tameka Whitaker has been hired to fill the Assistant Dean for Student and Academic Services position. Whitaker came to NC State in 2004 from other UNC University System schools and worked several positions in University Registration and Records before moving to the College of Design as Career and Academic Advisor in 2008. She holds a master in adult education from North Carolina A&T State University and a bachelor in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In her new position, Whitaker oversees recruitment and retention of undergraduate and graduate students at the College.
Chronister Joins Administration
Christie Chronister joined the College in 2010 as executive assistant to Dean Marvin J. Malecha, FAIA. Chronister came to North Carolina in 2004 from Pennsylvania, where she was a student of business administration at Penn State. Chronister served as an executive assistant in several programs within the NC Department of Health and Human Services, including as assistant to the director of the Governor Morehead School for the Blind. She came to the University in 2008, initially working in University Advancement. In addition to handling administrative duties for Dean Malecha, she also assists the College’s two associate deans.
NLI Hires Design Associates
Brad Bieber (MLA 2008) comes with a bachelor of science in psychology with an emphasis on the brain and behavior. He focused his graduate studies on the sustainable design of play and learning environments for children and families. As a design associate, Brad has made several visits to the United Kingdom in search of new models for creating innovative outdoor environments.
Shweta Nanekar (MLA 2008) holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Nagpur University, India, in addition to her masters in landscape architecture. She is certified as a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and is interested in creating family- and child-friendly urban environments and sustainable design solutions. Born and raised in India, Shweta now lives with her three-year-old son and husband in Cary.
Promoting the College
Keith Emrick has been hired as a development specialist. Emrick comes to the College of Design from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences where he worked as an associate in its development office for two years. Prior to moving to Raleigh and entering the fund-raising field, his background was in the music industry in Southern California, where he worked with songwriters in the membership department of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Emrick graduated with a bachelor in music from Cal State Northridge. His new duties include support of fundraising activities, gift processing and donor stewardship, development prospect research, scholarship administration, staff support for the Design Guild Board, and external relations event and project management.
Eric Larson is the new director of communications for the College and editor of Design Influence. A graduate of Duke University with a bachelor in English, Larson worked as a freelance reporter for Newsweek and has been published in numerous trade and consumer magazines, including Reader’s Digest, Progressive Farmer and Duke Magazine. He is the founder of Stellar Media and Zoom Communities, two North Carolina-based promotional multimedia companies. In his new position he directs the promotion of the college through print and online media.
Thompson to Manage Museum’s Exhibits
Kate Thompson has been hired as the Gallery and Exhibitions Manager for the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) Initiative. Prior to joining the college in 2009 on a part-time basis, Thompson worked as a gallery manager and coordinated exhibitions of nationally recognized artists at contemporary art galleries in San Francisco and Denver. Thompson serves as part of the lead programming museum staff to create, implement and evaluate CAM’s first programs, events and marketing campaigns and facilitate the logistics of CAM’s grand opening in 2011. She serves on CAM’s Executive Committee, the CAM/now young professionals group, and participates as a staff liaison to the CAM Advisory Board and Contemporary Art Foundation Board of Directors. Thompson holds a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Denver.