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: An intentional consolidation of Institutional Research and Academic Affairs, the Center for Educational Effectiveness is created to facilitate best practices in a number of key areas, including program review and assessment, educational policy, academic advising and meeting accreditation requirements
  • 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 with alumni and other experts at Continuum, a global innovation and design consultancy, to capture today's campus experience with the goals of helping to 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
  • November 2013: Illustration alumnus Frank L. Lanza (BS ’57) establishes the Frank L. Lanza Scholarship Endowment with a gift of $1 million to the College
  • January 2014: Art Center opens new South Campus facility (former USPS building) to house Fine Art and Illustration programs
  • January 2014: Art Center’s Graduate Industrial Design program and Claremont Graduate University’s Drucker School of Management launch dual degree in Innovation Systems Design
  • February 2014: The Campus Facilities Committee and the Technology Committee formally become two separate Shared Governance structures to better meet objectives outlined in the Strategic Plan
  • April 2014: Contemporary artist, curator and scholar Diana Thater named Faculty Chair of Graduate Art
  • April 2014: Mario Ascencio, a nationally recognized leader among library professionals, named College Librarian and Managing Director of Art Center’s James Lemont Fogg Memorial Library
  • May 2014: Theodore Young brings over 20 years of administrative and academic experience to the newly-created position of Associate Provost, Faculty Affairs
  • May 2014: Under the auspices of Graduate Media Design Practices, Art Center is chosen to join the Intel® Design School Network, a consortium of leading art and design schools from around the world
  • May 2014: Art and design historian Jane McFadden is appointed Chair of Humanities and Sciences
  • June 2014: Award-winning educator, Ray Quirollgico assumes his role as new Associate Provost for Student Affairs
  • June 2014: Robert C. Davidson Jr. is re-elected to third term as Chairman of Art Center’s Board of Trustees
  • June 2014: Art Center officially celebrates the successful opening of the 870 building as a new home for visual arts renovated by Darin Johnstone Architecture
  • July 2014: Art Center announces acquisition of South Arroyo Parkway property at southern Gateway to Pasadena and future plans for student housing
  • September 2014: Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning established at Art Center to provide full- and part-time faculty with pedagogy support, classroom best practices, and explorations around blended and online learning