Columbus College of Art & Design recently announced that Kevin J. Conlon will become the new vice president of academic affairs (VPAA) at CCAD, effective June 23, 2011.
“Kevin has a keen grasp of contemporary academic challenges and trends, rich experience in the nurturing and development of art and design faculty and students, and a clear love affair with our distinctive kind of higher education,” said President Dennison W. Griffith. “As both artist and administrator, he brings the sensibilities and sensitivities we need to continue to sharpen our work and elevate our quality. I couldn’t be happier about his appointment and am very eager to have him join the CCAD family.”
Conlon most recently served as the associate vice president for academic affairs atRingling College of Art and Design. Previously, he served as dean of undergraduate studies at Savannah College of Art and Design. Conlon earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of South Alabama and his Master of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University.
In addition to his administrative positions, Conlon also works as a writer and consultant in the fields of interaction design, architectural restoration, foundry work, curriculum design and institutional effectiveness. He has maintained his studio practice for more than 25 years. His distinctive sculptural works in bronze, cast resin, clay, and fiberglass, as well as oil paintings and works on paper have won many awards and honorariums, and have been exhibited widely.
Conlon is looking forward to working with faculty and staff. “I feel that CCAD is perfectly poised to take advantage of unique synergies being developed around the idea of creativity and creative thinking as a force for change,” he said. “You see, the kind of thinking that artists and designers do every day is not only being realized in today’s very powerful creative economy, but also being recognized as a potent way to seek and solve today’s problems. This means that CCAD students are going to remain well-poised to become not only the next generation of visual communicators, but also the next generation of global leadership.”
As the college’s chief academic officer Conlon is expected to lead the continuous improvement of academic programs by shaping the academic and cultural tone of the institution. He will perform an essential role in orchestrating faculty and academic leadership’s creation of a coherent and forward-looking platform for design-based, cross-disciplinary education and will assist Griffith in formulating policy and in strengthening and developing partnerships with other academic institutions.
Dean of Fine Arts and Foundation Studies Julie Taggart was on the search committee for the position. “I was looking for an individual with creative vision and leadership experience within an institution like CCAD,” Dean Taggart said. “I feel confident that Kevin’s ideas, energy and enthusiasm will accelerate the progression of innovative concepts that fuel a dynamic curriculum.”
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