Interim Chair of the Department of Art
Dr. Tony McEachern is a ‘Desert Storm’ Army veteran and 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 18 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 currently 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 an Associate Professor of Design in the Department of Art in the Division of Fine Arts at Howard University. As an art faculty member, he teaches courses in advertising design, digital media / web design, and creative business. Dr. McEachern’s personal quest is to make relevant the integration of visual arts, 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 from 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:
- DC Ad Club Foundation (AAF), Board of Trustees Member, 2012
- 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
1990 – 1993 US Armed Forces (Army), Ft. Bragg, NC
B Company 313th Military Intelligence Battalion
82nd Airborne Division Infantry Unit
Armor and Supply Logistics