Joy Brathwaite

May 9, 2017—Joy Brathwaite, MBA, has been appointed as the Minneapolis College of Art and Design Vice President for Finance/CFO. Brathwaite will oversee all financial services, business services, facilities, and information technology for MCAD. She is excited to join MCAD because of its standing in Minneapolis and because it involves higher education in the arts. She will be starting at MCAD in mid-June.

“I believe that a college degree creates opportunities for one to become a life-long learner and an engaged citizen in one’s community, and also in the twenty-first-century global sphere. I am happy to join the team at MCAD with its mission and conviction for creating thinkers, leaders, and global citizens.”

Brathwaite comes to us from North Central University in Minneapolis where she was the vice president for business and finance. Prior to that, she was at Malone University (Ohio), where she served as vice president for finance and business affairs for over five years. She was an auditor in the beginning of her career at KPMG and then worked as a controller in a print company in Barbados until she moved to Brooklyn, New York. She worked for nonprofit companies, including six years at Elderplan, a social HMO. 

Originally from Barbados, Brathwaite holds a BS in economics and management from University of the West Indies, a master of science in administration from Central Michigan University, and a master of business administration from Kent State University (Ohio). She is a gospel singer and has made two CDs, one when she was younger and thinking of pursuing a career in music and another in 2005. She has two college-aged children and is married to Reverend Renea Brathwaite, PhD. Renea works as the director of graduate studies and creative education at North Central University.

President Jay Coogan is thrilled to have Joy join the MCAD community as she brings her skills and experience to MCAD. “We look forward to having Joy work with us to meet the opportunities we have and the challenges we face as a higher education institution in arts and design.”


Recognized nationally and internationally for its innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to visual arts education, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design is home to 800 students and offers professional certificates, bachelor of fine arts and bachelor of science degrees, and graduate degrees.

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