Lynn University appoints Cesar Santalo College of Communication and Design dean

March 2021

Lynn University recently appointed Cesar Santalo dean of the Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn College of Communication and Design.


Santalo is an award-winning visual communications professional, artist, animator and educator with extensive experience directing, creating and implementing a broad range of revenue-generating design and animation projects.

"Santalo is strategic and focused but also a visionary who is equipped to further build Lynn's communication and design program," said Dr. Katrina Carter-Tellison, vice president for academic affairs. "He understands the industry today as well as what it will require in the future."

Over the past 20 years, Santalo served as adjunct professor at Miami Dade College, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and University of Miami, teaching a variety of subjects from traditional and digital drawing to project budgeting and advanced animation.

Most recently he worked for Telemundo/NBC Universal on Quibi, a special project created by DreamWorks founder Jeffrey Katzenberg. Previously he held roles at Univision including art director for corporate marketing, promotions and digital. He was also art director for entertainment and programming where he oversaw the design direction of shows such as Despierta AmericaGordo Y La FlacaSal Y Pimienta and Sabado Gigante. Santalo has illustrated, designed and animated live performances for shows such as the Latin Grammy's and Premio Lo Nuestro and for artists such as Calle 13, Carlos Vives, Cirque du Soleil, Gustavo Dudamel, Juan Luis Guerra, Marc Anthony and Reik. He also art directed all the major title sequences for WStudios powered by Univision including Amar a MuerteLa Bella y Las Bestias and La Piloto 2. His fine artworks are part of private, public and institutional collections nationwide.

"There are many creative and digital ways to engage consumers, so it's important that leading communication and design programs be on the forefront of trends," said Santalo. "Lynn is uniquely positioned in one of the fastest growing and most dynamic markets in the country. It can harness its location to build relationships with Fortune 500 companies and tech startups."

Santalo is currently pursuing a doctorate at St. Thomas University and holds an M.F.A. from University of Miami and a B.F.A. from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He also has a Six Sigma Green Belt certification—a quality improvement process that trains people to analyze and solve problems.

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