Robert Milnes has served as Dean of the College of Visuals Arts and Design at the University of North Texas since January 2006. He served previously as Professor of Art and Director of the School of Art and Design at San Jose State University, a position he held for fifteen and a half years.  A sculptor and ceramist, prior to his arrival in San Jose, he served as Director of the School of Art at Louisiana State University (1987-1990) and as Chair of the Art Department and Professor of Ceramics at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (1974-87).

He holds a PhD in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pittsburgh (1987), a MFA in Ceramics from the University of Washington (1974), and a BA in Philosophy and Fine Arts from Claremont McKenna College (1970).  His artworks have been included in over 175 exhibitions nationally including 26 one/two person shows. The works are represented in private and public collections including the Renwick Gallery (Smithsonian Institute), Arizona State University, the Seattle Arts Commission, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Erie Museum, and numerous private collections.

During spring 1997, he was on sabbatical leave from San Jose State University to further develop his artwork and to travel to China and Taiwan to view museum collections and visit ancient and Neolithic ceramic centers along the Huang Ho River.  In 1998, he traveled to Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico for art research and to visit art schools there. Recent travels to art centers and universities in Italy, France, Spain, Turkey, Qatar, Germany, Scotland, Kuwait, and Ireland have augmented his inquiries. In spring 2005, he was again granted a sabbatical leave, returning to Mexico for intensive Spanish language courses and additional research among the Mayan and Aztec sites below Mexico City, connecting again with universities in Mexico. 

Milnes was elected to a three-year term as President of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design in October 2008.  He served as Vice President of NASAD from 2002-5 and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of NASAD from 2000-05. He served from 1991-1997 as a member of the NASAD Accreditation Commission and is past-president of the National Council of Art Administrators. Since 1990, he has served as a consultant or evaluator for forty-two universities, colleges, and independent schools of art, chairing 27 accreditation teams for NASAD.  He is past president of the Arts Council/Silicon Valley and served on the Board of Trustees and Executive Board of the Montalvo Center for the Arts (1999-2005) and on the Aesthetics Advisory Committee for the Public Art Program of the San Jose Arts Commission (2000-05). In 2003, he was selected to be a Fellow of the American Leadership Forum/Silicon Valley and participated actively in City sponsored arts planning for the City of San Jose.  Milnes is a 2003 recipient of the CSU Bautzer Award for University Advancement.  In 2007, the Texas/Oklahoma Chapter of the International Interior Design Association honored him for his work in enhancing design education and professions.  That year, he was selected to serve on the KERA-FM Public Broadcasting Community Advisory Board and as Vice Chair starting January 2009. He currently serves as well on the Board of Directors of the Business Council for the Arts, a North Texas organization.
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'Karma' 2004 Earthenware
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'Karma' 2004