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CCAD Announces Melanie Corn as New President

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The Columbus College of Art & Design announced today that Melanie Corn, EdD would become the school’s next President, and the first woman to preside over the college in its 136-year history. Dr. Corn currently serves as the provost for California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco, where she has been responsible for faculty, curriculum, and overseeing the strategic academic vision there.

ccad-melanie-corn“Dr. Corn has the vision and leadership skills necessary to challenge conventions, build confidence and inspire innovation at CCAD while at the same time be a true advocate for our students,” said James Kunk, chairperson of the board at CCAD. “We are eager to have her on board to work collaboratively with the wonderfully engaged and creative Columbus community.”

CCAD has been searching for a new President following the abrupt resignation of Tom White earlier this year, who served in the position for less than one year. White replaced long-time former president Denny Griffith, who retired in 2014. Kevin Conlon has served as Interim President over the past nine months.

“This is a moment of great potential for art and design education,” said Corn “Columbus College of Art & Design is well-poised to play an increasingly important role in this landscape. I am a true believer in the power of a studio-based educational model and I look forward to helping expand the college’s national profile and build on the efforts to prepare students for the creative economy.”

Dr. Corn will begin the new position at CCAD on March 21st.

For more information, visit www.ccad.edu.

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