August 25, 2017

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design President to Retire

LANCASTER, PENNSYLVANIA—Pennsylvania College of Art & Design president Mary Colleen Hall announced her retirement after twenty-five years leading the institution, Lindsey Blest reports for Lancaster Online. Hall’s retirement will be effective at the end of June 2018. A search committee has been organized of the school’s board members and Lancaster community leaders for Hall’s replacement; the new president is expected to be hired by the beginning of the 2018–19 academic year.

Under Hall’s leadership, the school was approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to begin issuing bachelor’s degrees in 1999. Four years later, changed its name from the Pennsylvania School of Art & Design to its current moniker. The college has nearly tripled in size and increased enrollment twenty-two percent over the last three years. PCA&D plans to enroll 260 students for the upcoming year.

PCA&D board chairman Bob Brandt credited Hall with transforming the school “from a small certificate-granting institution to a nationally recognized bachelor of arts granting college. I’m extremely proud of her accomplishment.” Barbara Elliot, PCA&D director of enrollment, said, “She’s leaving the institution in a strong place. Whoever follows her is being handed a gift.”

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