Tony McEachern, Ph.D.

Chairman of the Department of Art
Associate Professor of Design & Digital Media Arts
Electronic Studio Arts Coordinator

Department Chair

Dr. Tony M. McEachern, Department Chair


Dr. Tony McEachern is a ‘Desert Storm’ Army veteran and a three-time graduate of Howard University, receiving the Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees, respectively, and a Ph.D. in Mass Communications and Media Studies. As a native Washingtonian, Dr. McEachern has demonstrated a life-long association with visual arts and art education, as well as, a passion for business.

With over 22 years of experience in the creative industry, Dr. McEachern manages a successful and diverse career as a professional strategist and visual communicator.  In this, he has occupied positions as marketing and communications director, creative director, art director, copywriter, photographer, illustrator, entrepreneur, consultant, trainer, and educator.  Specializing in advertising and Internet site design/development, McEachern has extensive experience working on local, regional and national advertising and public service campaigns for public and private business sectors, as well as, in academia. McEachern was the Director of Marketing and Communications with Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. He also served as a Brand Identity consultant for the DC Government’s Connect.DC Digital Inclusion Initiative and the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utility. Dr. McEachern served the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Maryland, College Park for over 10 years as the Marketing and Creative Services Director for Campus Recreation Services. He is the principal owner and CEO of McEachern Enterprises, LLC and Director of Quantum720™ Integrated Business Solutions, which is its marketing, creative and online services division.

McEachern is currently Chairman and Associate Professor in the Department of Art in the Division of Fine Arts at Howard University.  He also serves as the Department’s Director of Graduate Studies and Coordinator for Electronic Studio Arts program area.  As an art faculty member, Dr. McEachern teaches courses in advertising design, web development / interactive media, and creative business and entrepreneurship. Dr. McEachern’s personal quest is to make relevant the integration of visual arts, technology, business, and communications by providing creative services and educational programs that streamline the processes for businesses, institutions, and organizations.  He believes the awareness of this necessary integration should start at the academic level. To foster this ideal, he developed the McEachern Model for the Successful Obtainment of Industry Readiness, Preparedness, and Leadership for African American Millennial Media Arts Students. This developmental model features a curriculum that promotes the concept of graphic arts, marketing/advertising, and business synthesis.

As stated previously, Dr. McEachern is a three-time graduate of Howard University earning the Ph.D. (2011) in Strategic Communications, Leadership and Advertising Diversity from the Mass Communication and Media Studies graduate program, the MFA (2002) in Advertising and Interactive Design, and the BFA (2000) in Design, Electronic Studio (New Media) and Marketing. As a twist of fate, Dr. McEachern actually earned his Ph.D. in the same building as he was born; the C.B. Powell Building, formerly Freedmen’s Hospital.

Other Professional Memberships:

  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), Institutional Voting Member, 2012-Present
  • DC Ad Club Foundation (AAF), Board of Trustees Member, 2012-Present 
  • DC Ad Club (AAF), Board Member, 2011
  • American Academy of Advertisers (AAA), Current Member
  • American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), Faculty Advisor
  • Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington, Current Member
  • Howard University Society of Artists and Designers, Founding Faculty Advisor
  • International Communications Association (ICA), Current Member
  • Golden Key International Honour Society, Lifetime Honorary Member

Military Service

US Armed Forces (Army), Ft. Bragg, NC

B Company 313th Military Intelligence Battalion
82nd Airborne Division Infantry Unit
Armor and Supply Logistics