Milbert Mariano Named Vice President for Academic Administration and Academic Dean of Pacific Union College
In July 2019, Milbert Mariano, professor of graphic design in the department of visual arts at Pacific Union College (PUC), will transition into a new role at the college. After nearly 25 years of teaching graphic design, 12 of those as department chair, Mariano has recently been named the college’s new vice president for academic administration and academic dean. Mariano fills the role following Nancy Lecourt’s retirement after 40 years at PUC.
Having also spent four years at PUC as a student, Mariano’s intimate knowledge of and love for the college goes back nearly three decades. He holds two Bachelor of Science degrees—one in advertising design and one in studio art—and an Master of Fine Arts from Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
“Milbert is an established leader on campus,” asserts Bob Cushman, PUC president. “He has credibility and trust with faculty and staff, and as chair he built a department culture that was collaborative and inclusive — a model we want to share and develop across campus.”
Throughout the years, Mariano has served in several capacities on campus beyond his teaching and chair roles. Taking interest in every area of campus, he has served on several student committees as advisor and sponsor, coordinated the annual publications workshop for high school students, and has been part of PUC’s web committee, cultural engagement taskforce, Academic Standards & General Education, and more.
“The faculty and staff at PUC are its most valuable assets,” says Mariano. “They are dedicated to both our students’ and the college’s success, and I am proud to be a part of that. I love watching that dedication in action every single day.”