July 18, 2017

Santa Fe University of Art and Design Hires New President Ahead of Closure

SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO—Santa Fe University of Art and Design has named Christine Guevara as president for its last year of operation, the Santa Fe New Mexican’s Robert Nott reports. Guevara previously served as the school’s executive director of student services; she will replace interim president Maria Puzziferro, who took over the position in February 2016 following president Larry Hinz’s resignation.

Susan Fairbairn, chairwoman of Santa Fe University of Art and Design’s board or directors, said that Guevara was hired to “ensure that our teach-out plan will be executed effectively, and importantly, that our students will remain at the center of this process.” Only prospective seniors with enough credits to graduate in two semesters were invited to continue their studies at the school. The fall semester begins August 28.

The four-year, for-profit art college announced in April of this year that it would no longer accept new students. This announcement prompted a round of layoffs and two lawsuits from former students alleging fraud and breach of contract. Santa Fe University of Art and Design is owned by Baltimore’s Laureate Education Inc., which earlier this year failed to sell the school to the Singapore-based Raffles Education Corporation.

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