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Ken StricklandMassachusetts College of Art and Design announces the appointment of Ken Strickland as Interim President and Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. The appointment comes at the same time that the college begins the process of selecting the 12th president for MassArt. 

Ken brings a wealth of experience in professional arts and design education, a keen understanding of the challenges facing higher education administration and a commitment to fostering faculty excellence. His pragmatic optimism, boundless energy and dynamic vision advances MassArt's mission to affirm the value of the arts as a life enhancing force in society.

 Strickland served as the Interim President of the Memphis College of Art (MCA) from 2010-2011, a small, independent college offering undergraduate and graduate programs in visual arts and liberal studies. From 2002 - 2011, Ken served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean at MCA, where he provided leadership and coordination for all academic programs and activities; oversaw institutional accreditation, research, planning and assessment; and administered faculty appointments and academic budgets.

Strickland has been a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) Dean's group since 2002 and was Commissioner for the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) from 2006 to 2012. He currently serves on the NASAD Executive Committee. Prior to his position in Memphis, Strickland served as Dean of the School of Art+Design at Purchase College in New York. As Dean, he oversaw the redesign of the visual arts and MFA curricula, increased academic standards, grew the undergraduate enrollment, and guided the school through its first National Association of Schools of Art and Design accreditation.

Strickland is also a practicing artist. From 1972-2002, he owned and operated Shadow and Substance, a design/build company specializing in custom/studio furniture and architectural renovation. Part of the commissions included hand-designed furniture pieces for public libraries and commercial businesses. Additionally, Strickland's speculative art furnishings have been exhibited in galleries and museums, and he served as a technical consultant for the construction of sculptures for artists Abe Ajay, Claus Oldenberg and Tal Streeter. His current artistic exploration is metal shaping and fabrication.

Strickland holds a Bachelor's degree from SUNY Buffalo and an MFA degree from the Rhode Island School of Design.


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