MILESTONES

  • February 2011: Art Center Board of Trustees unanimously adopts new College mission statement and five-year strategic plan
  • March 2011: Strategic plan unveiled to greater Art Center community
  • May 2011: Council on Diversity and Inclusion created
  • June 2011: Buchman discusses strategic plan with Art Center Europe alumni at Art Center Europe reunion
  • June 2011: Special strategic plan issue of DOT magazine published
  • August 2011: Art Center exceeds “80 for 80” scholarship fundraising initiative, raising more than $3 million
  • October 2011: Art Center’s Media Design Practices program launches new “Field” track in collaboration with Designmatters for students to work in a real-world context
  • November 2011: Buchman announces new degree programs to launch in Fall 2012, including Interaction Design, Graduate Environmental Design and Graduate Transportation Design
  • March 2012: Art Center acquires USPS property adjacent to current South Campus, made possible in large part through generosity of alumni gifts of $5 million
  • March 2012: Art Center announces partnership with Michael Maltzan Architecture to expand educational resources
  • April 2012: Art Center Board of Trustees approves 2012 strategic plan update, reflecting new initiatives to increases access, affordability and financial stability; and a new degree and non-degree program approval and implementation process
  • June 2012: User experience pioneer Maggie Hendrie named chair of new Interaction Design program
  • July 2012: Industry veteran and alumnus Gary Goldsmith named Chair of Advertising program
  • September 2012: Council on Diversity and Inclusion commissions a market research study to better understand its current image among prospective minority students, identify themes that create appeal and most accurately reflect the characteristics of Art Center, and gain insights that may inform how to attract and retain these students.
  • September 2012: Art Center launches shuttle system to better connect Hillside and South campuses
  • October 2012: Initiated by Art Center President Lorne Buchman and Faculty Council, Faculty Commons hosts summit to focus on advancing educational leadership, discourse and community around issues of art and design education within Art Center
  • January 2013: To emphasize key responsibilities and actively engage a broad cross-section of the campus community, the Council on Diversity and Inclusion organizes sub-committees focused on Access and Success, Resource Development, and Teaching and Learning.
  • March 2013: The Western Association of Schools & Colleges’ Accrediting Commission commends Art Center for its strategic planning, evidence-based decision making, and efforts toward building diversity
  • March 2013: The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation awards Art Center a $1 million grant in support of South Campus expansion
  • March 2013: Buchman holds retreat to give further shape and coherence to the understanding and practice of shared governance at Art Center
  • May 2013: Board of Trustees announces five-year extension of Buchman’s contract through 2017
  • June 2013: Art Center partners with Caltech and teams with Idealab to launch The Design Accelerator, the first design-focused incubator in Southern California
  • July 2013: Staff Council established to ensure Shared Governance exists across all constituencies
    August 2013: Artist, writer and scholar Vanalyne Green named Chair of undergraduate Fine Art Department
  • September 2013: Art Center teams up with alumni and other experts at Continuum, a global innovation and design consultancy, to capture today's campus experience with the goals of helping create a better learning experience for students, foster a stronger sense of community, integrate support services across our two physical campuses and give direction on the development of a virtual campus
  • September 2013: The Annenberg Foundation awards a $75,000 grant to fund Art Center's research into innovative Graduate Studies in Photography
  • October 2013: Southern California philanthropists and classic car enthusiasts Peter and Merle Mullin donate $15-million to Art Center, the largest gift in its 83-year history, to help fund construction of a new industrial and transportation design facility, fuel campus growth and support future creative leaders
  • January 2014: Art Center opens new South Campus facility (former USPS building) to house Fine Art and Illustration programs.