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Delaware College of Art and Design President Retiring after Eight Years of Leadership

Stuart Baron, president of the Delaware College of Art and Design since 2009, has announced his retirement effective on June 30, 2017.

In accepting his plans for retirement, Board of Trustees Chair Tom Shopa noted the significant accomplishments made during President Baron’s tenure. These include DCAD’s re-accreditation with the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the establishment of a significant scholarship endowment honoring DCAD’s founder, Stuart B. Young; a revised curriculum with 15 academic tracks; the purchase, renovation, and opening of a new dormitory and cafeteria at 707 King Street; and the launch of a paid Co-Operative Education Program to ensure that DCAD students have access to a real-life work experience during their years of study.

The Board has enlisted a search firm to identify a new president, and the search will unfold over the coming months. In the interim, Board member John C. Hawkins will work with faculty and staff to ensure a smooth transition.