Otis College of Art and Design president Samuel Hoi has been awarded a $75,000 Fund for Leadership Advancement grant from The James Irvine Foundation.

Such grants are awarded on a competitive basis and by invitation only.

The Irvine Fund for Leadership Advancement initiative identifies, acknowledges and invests in strong, talented and committed leaders of nonprofit organizations who are among Irvine’s current grantees.

The fund is premised on a belief in the strong link between executive leadership and organizational performance and offers individually tailored support to institutional leaders, like Hoi, says a spokesman.

At Otis, Hoi will use the grant award over a two-year period to strengthen a collaborative leadership culture and to support his leadership research for an articulation of a strategic, multi-faceted vision of diversity.

“Otis is a dynamic and healthy institution that can take optimal advantage of the initiatives funded by this special Irvine Foundation grant,” says Hoi, who has led Otis through a successful five-year strategic plan and the creation of Otis’s Integrated Learning Curriculum. “They are priorities that will prepare Otis well for our 2009-2014 Strategic Plan and a forthcoming capital campaign.”

Hoi, who became Otis president in 2000, was educated at Columbia Law School and Parsons School of Design.

His former leadership roles include deanship of Corcoran College of Art and Design and directorship of Parsons Paris.

Hoi currently chairs the board of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) and participates on volunteer boards of organizations such as United States Artists and The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, Inc.

Otis College of Art and Design, founded as Otis Art Institute in 1918, is considered to have been the first formal visual arts training institution in Los Angeles, according to a spokesman.

Otis’s 1,100 students pursue degrees in architecture/landscape/interiors, communications arts, digital media, fashion design, fine arts, interactive product design, public practice, toy design and writing.

The James Irvine Foundation is a private nonprofit grant-making foundation dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California to participate in a vibrant, inclusive and successful society.

The foundation’s grant-making is organized around three program areas — arts, youth and California perspectives, which focuses on increasing public understanding of critical issues facing the state.

Since 1937 the James Irvine Foundation has provided more than $900 million in grants to over 3,000 nonprofit organizations throughout California.