PNCA Names Kate Copeland as Acting President
June 05, 2019
PORTLAND, Ore.—Kate Copeland, Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs, has been named acting president for Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). Copeland will serve in this capacity for the next couple of months. During this time, a Transition Planning Group will work to identify and name an Interim President. Former PNCA President Don Tuski announced his resignation in April to assume the role of President for Detroit’s College for Creative Studies.
“I’d like to thank Kate for stepping into this role and for her 12 years of devotion to PNCA,” said PNCA Board Chair Scott Musch. “She is well-respected by the faculty, staff and students, as well as our Board of Governors, and the arts education and design community. We believe Kate is the best person for the position and are confident in her leading the school until an interim president is named.”
The process to name an interim president is already underway. The college’s Transition Planning Group, an advisory committee to the Board of Governors, has been meeting since early May to lay out the process. Faculty, staff and students will continue to play an important part in the selection of both an interim president and a new leader to fill the role long-term.
The Transition Planning Group has begun the process to identify candidates for an interim president, select members for the president search committee to name a permanent president, and find a search firm for the new president. The Transition Planning Group is committed to having a focus on equity and diversity in the search for both an interim and permanent president.
The Board anticipates that it will name an interim president this summer.
“PNCA is in a strong position for this search,” Musch adds. “We are optimistic about the future of the college as well as the team we have in place during the transition period. My North Star, and the Board’s, is to prioritize what’s best for our students so they have the highest quality arts education and experience that PNCA can offer.”
This fall, PNCA has enrolled a record incoming class, will launch new minor programs, complete the buildout of its new Glass Building, and continue PNCA’s Teach Out program for former Oregon College of Art and Craft students.
About Pacific Northwest College of Art
Founded in 1909 as the Museum Art School, PNCA has helped shape the region’s visual art landscape for more than a century. Today, PNCA offers 11 Bachelor of Fine Art programs in art and design, eight graduate programs including Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts programs within the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies, a Post-Baccalaureate program, and Community Education courses for artists and designers of all ages. For more information, visit pnca.edu.
Willamette University and Pacific Northwest College of Art Sign Agreement for PNCA to Become Part of University
PNCA will Join Willamette as an Independent College within the University
Sept. 17, 2020—Willamette University and Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) announced today that they have entered into an agreement for the Northwest’s oldest professional school of art and design to become an integral part of the region’s premier liberal arts university.
Lane Community College and Pacific Northwest College of Art have signed a transfer agreement for LCC art students to enter PNCA as a junior, saving up to two years’ worth of tuition costs.
Portland, OR – March 2, 2020 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is proud to announce that in addition to its inclusion on the recent list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Students, the college has also been ranked on GradReports’ 2020 list of the country’s top MFA programs.
Portland, OR – February 17, 2020 – The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased to present The Unknown Artist, a multi-event exhibition from curator and artist Lucy Cotter that stages a dialogue around obsolescence, the relative value of making, and its entanglement with artistic authorship and visibility. The exhibition opens on March 5 and runs through April 18, 2020.
Portland, OR — November 4, 2019 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased to present Hilltop, a group exhibition of works by Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) final year students who are completing their BFA degrees at PNCA.