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Pennsylvania College of Art & Design


Location: Lancaster, PA
Posted: June 12, 2019
Application Deadline: July 28, 2019


Pennsylvania College of Art & Design
Lancaster, PA, 17603

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCA&D) has announced the search for a provost, its newly titled position for the College's chief academic officer. PCA&D will welcome the new provost as it embarks on a transformative reimagining of the College's ability to sustain its historical strength in teaching art and design, while considering creative new directions for academic programming.

The provost will be responsible to PCA&D's visionary new president, Michael Molla, and will become an integral part of the College's senior leadership team. As the College's chief academic officer, the provost will be academically entrepreneurial as a leader, experienced as a teacher/artist/arts administrator, accomplished as a strategic thinker and implementer, collaborative by nature, and informed about changing pedagogies and the needs of the 21st century learner. The provost will be engaged with a highly qualified faculty, dedicated staff, and talented student body.

PCA&D is a professional art college offering a BFA degree, certificates, credentials, and curricula that enable students of all ages to pursue art as their life's work. Founded in 1982, PCA&D's learning experience teaches students adaptive thinking techniques and effective making skills that result in a deliberate and influential artistic voice. The 2018-19 enrollment in the BFA program was 250 and has grown by over 20% over the last few years. The College has an alumni base of over 1,500 and offers majors in Digital Media, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, and Photography, all set in a liberal arts foundation considered to be critical to students learning effective writing, research, and analysis skills while establishing the framework to think globally.

PCA&D is located in the small city of Lancaster, a rich cultural community that encourages artists and values diversity. With more than 125 arts organizations, galleries, studios, museums, theaters, orchestras, makerspaces, performance venues, poetry sites, and public installations, greater Lancaster is a lively arts community. PCA&D is a valued part of the city and a significant contributor to Lancaster's cultural life, economy, and workforce.

The new provost will be expected to engage directly in PCA&D's creative spirit at a moment of uncommon opportunity. An ability to embrace and build on the College's existing strengths, to engage a freshly articulated strategic framework and move beyond the status quo, to develop and implement the academic strategic plan, and to reflect a style that combines collaboration and decisiveness will be essential to the new provost's success.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to learn more about the specific expectations and desired attributes for PCA&D's provost by reviewing the Provost's Search Profile at, prior to making formal application. Candidates are requested to submit the materials outlined in the Search Profile by 5 PM EDT on Sunday, July 28, for the most favorable consideration. All inquiries will be received in full confidence by: Thomas B. Courtice, Ph.D., President, TBC Search Consulting,

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design does not discriminate against any individual for reason of disability, handicap, ancestry, race, color, age, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law in the admission of students, administration of programs, employment of faculty and staff, or any terms of instruction or employment.

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