CCA Names Mark Breitenberg Provost

Dr. Mark Breitenberg

Dr. Mark Breitenberg has been appointed provost of California College of the Arts, it was announced today by CCA President Stephen Beal. Currently dean of Humanities and Design Sciences at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Breitenberg will assume his position on February 1, 2009. As provost Breitenberg will be CCA's chief academic officer with broad responsibilities for the strategic planning, development, and administration of the college's academic programs. Major program areas that fall under his supervision are the divisions of Architecture, Design, Fine Arts, and Humanities and Sciences; the libraries; and Special Programs, which includes year-round Extended Education and all summer programming. He succeeds Beal, who served as CCA's provost from 1997 to 2008 before becoming CCA's president.

"I am delighted that Mark will be joining CCA as provost," commented Beal. "He is a passionate and committed advocate of arts education, and he possesses an outstanding record of academic leadership. Through his work at Art Center, he has made significant contributions to the understanding of contemporary art and design and has been a proponent of strong humanities and sciences programs in arts education. He will play a pivotal role in the coming year as we develop a new five-year strategic plan and complete our WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) accreditation process."

Breitenberg commented, "I'm truly excited and honored to be joining CCA's creative community. I've always admired the college's unique blend of traditional and innovative practices in art and design education as well as its commitment to the importance of diversity, visual literacy, and community outreach. It's already one of the top art and design schools in the United States, and it has the potential and promise of even greater success in the future."

About Mark Breitenberg
Mark Breitenberg has been dean of Humanities and Design Sciences at Art Center College of Design since 2007. His areas of responsibility include academic curriculum, business curriculum, design research, international partnerships, and transdisciplinary study. In this position, he created a new and innovative liberal arts and sciences curriculum to complement the school's studio-based programs. From 2004 to 2007 he was dean of undergraduate education at Art Center, leading 12 academic departments and playing a significant role in student recruitment, fundraising, and corporate sponsorship. His previous positions at Art Center included chair of Liberal Arts and Sciences and instructor in both the Fine Art Graduate Program and Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Prior to joining Art Center he held teaching positions at Otis College of Art and Design (1998–2000) and Swarthmore College (1988–1994). He also worked in the film industry as an independent writer, producer, and story analyst for Bedford Falls, Castle Rock Productions, Columbia Pictures, Disney, Parkwood Pictures, and other companies.

Breitenberg is president-elect of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid), an organization with more than 160,000 members worldwide. His other affiliations include Tecnológico de Monterrey Graduate School of Design in Mexico, where he serves on the advisory board and is an adjunct faculty member; and the Design High School, a charter school in Pasadena, where he is a board member. His published works include a book on Shakespeare and his contemporaries titled Anxious Masculinity in Early Modern England (Cambridge University Press, 1996). He is the author of many published articles on innovation and design education; his scholarly work on Shakespeare, literary history, and gender has also been widely published.

Breitenberg holds a PhD in literature and critical theory from the University of California, San Diego. He completed his undergraduate studies at William and Mary, earning a BA in government.

About California College of the Arts
Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is noted for the interdisciplinarity and breadth of its programs. It offers studies in 20 undergraduate and seven graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. The college offers bachelor of architecture, bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, master of architecture, master of arts, master of fine arts, and master of business administration degrees. With campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, CCA currently enrolls 1,740 full-time students. Noted alumni include the painters Nathan Oliveira and Raymond Saunders; the ceramicists Robert Arneson, Viola Frey, and Peter Voulkos; the filmmaker Wayne Wang; the conceptual artists David Ireland and Dennis Oppenheim; and the designers Lucille Tenazas and Michael Vanderbyl. For more information about CCA, visit