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Stephen Beal was appointed president of California College of the Arts in May 2008.

Since taking office, major initiatives have included the following:

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President Stephen Beal

Beal was Provost at CCA from 1997 to 2008. In this position he played a significant role in the expansion of the college's programs and facilities and the implementation of key academic initiatives, all of which contributed to an overall enrollment increase of more than 50 percent since Beal arrived at the college.

Several academic programs were added under Beal's leadership:

* The first program of its kind on the West Coast.

Also during Beal's tenure, CCA has made significant improvements to existing buildings and developed new facilities, including a new student residence facility in Oakland and a new award-winning Graduate Center in San Francisco.

As Provost and chief academic officer of the college, Beal made faculty development a priority. In the last six years the college conducted more than 40 high-profile searches for full-time tenure-track positions, attracting top faculty from around the world.

Initiatives have included improved faculty governance, implementation of a salary enhancement plan, and the introduction of a program-assessment structure.

Many curricular improvements were made during Beal's tenure, including the establishment of the junior review, where third-year undergraduate students are required to present a body of work to a panel of outside artists and faculty from other programs.

Substantial enhancements were also made to the humanities and sciences curriculum, from which CCA undergraduates must take 51 units to graduate.


Beal came to CCA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), where he was vice president of academic planning and associate vice president of academic affairs. He was the lead academic administrator on the school's building and facilities projects, which included the acquisition of new property and major renovations of existing facilities.

Previous to that he was chair of SAIC's graduate division, chair of its post-baccalaureate program, and a member of the painting faculty.

In addition to his academic career, Beal is a practicing artist whose work has been exhibited nationally, including a recent show at George Lawson Gallery in Los Angeles.

He is on the board of trustees at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, and the San Francisco Asian Contemporary Art and Design Consortium.

He also serves on advisory boards of the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, Girls Inc in Alameda County, and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.

Beal holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He and his wife, Dee Hoover, reside in the East Bay. They have two children.


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