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November 26, 2018

Irene McAra-McWilliam Named Glasgow School of Art Director

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND—The Glasgow School of Art board has appointed professor Irene McAra-McWilliam director for a period of one year as it conducts a full candidate search. McAra-McWilliam has served with professor Ken Neil as co-interim director since professor Tom Inns resigned as director earlier this month after five years leading the school.

McAra-McWilliam joined the Glasgow School of Art in 2005 as Head of the School of Design, which she expanded to include the Institute of Design Innovation. She also developed the school’s campus at Altyre and established The Innovation School as the GSA’s fifth academic school. In 2016, she was awarded an Order of the British Empire honor for her work in higher education and innovation and design.

“I'm honored to have been appointed as director of The Glasgow School of Art. Although we’ve recently had to deal with a very challenging period, I'm confident that we have the soul and spirit to move ahead, aware of just what a successful and innovative art school we are,” McAra-McWilliam said. “Together, we can build on our long history of creativity and innovation as one of the world’s finest art schools. Together, we'll focus on the future, re-engage with our diverse communities, and re-energize the GSA with the rebuild of the Mackintosh building and our proud history and heritage at its core.”

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