CCA Names Melanie Corn Provost

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Melanie Corn has been appointed provost of California College of the Arts (CCA), it was announced today by President Stephen Beal. Currently CCA’s associate provost, she will assume the position in May 2012. As provost Corn 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 her supervision are the divisions of Architecture, Design, Fine Arts, and Humanities and Sciences; the First Year Program; the libraries; the Center for Art and Public Life; and Special Programs, which includes year-round CCA Extension courses and all summer programming. She succeeds Mark Breitenberg, who served from February 2009 to the present.

"I am delighted that Melanie has accepted the position of provost," commented Beal. "In the nine years she has been with the college, she has proven to be an outstanding academic leader. She has played a pivotal role in the college’s successful assessment efforts, has led the charge in our diversity and faculty development initiatives, and was a key player in the creation of our current five-year strategic plan. We are very fortunate to have such exceptional talent already in place at the college.”

Corn commented, “I think we're at a critical and exciting moment for shaping the future of art and design education. CCA is committed to creating and supporting an exceptional learning experience for our students, and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty and staff as we continue forward.“

About Melanie Corn

Melanie Corn joined CCA in the Office of Undergraduate Studies in 2003 and has held increasingly responsible leadership positions in the Academic Affairs division. She served as interim provost in 2008 and was appointed associate provost in 2009. Her work has concentrated on development, diversity, and assessment of faculty and curriculum. For the past six years she has led the accreditation process at CCA, working with teams from the accrediting bodies WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) and NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design).

In addition, Corn has taught in the Critical Studies, Visual Studies, and MFA in Fine Arts programs at CCA and in the Art History and Women’s Studies departments at University of California, Santa Barbara. She holds a BA in Art History from Stanford University and an MA in Art History from University of California, Santa Barbara. Currently she is completing a doctorate in Education at University of Pennsylvania. Inspired by the renewed interest in service learning in higher education, her dissertation focuses on effective pedagogy for community partnerships and project-based learning in arts colleges.

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 21 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 1,950 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.