Massachusetts College of Art and Design Appoints Ken Strickland Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs


Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) announces the appointment of Ken Strickland as Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. Strickland joins MassArt after serving as interim President of the Memphis College of Art (MCA) from 2010-2011, and serving for nine years as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean from 2002-2011.

In his role as Provost at MassArt, Strickland will be responsible for the College’s academic leadership including, academic planning, accreditation processes, designing and building a strong academic and administrative support unit, growing graduate and continuing education programs and developing new curricula and program initiatives.

“We are delighted to welcome Ken Strickland as our new Provost,” said Dawn Barrett, MassArt President. “He brings a wealth of experience in professional arts and design education, a keen understanding of the challenges facing higher education administration and a commitment to fostering faculty excellence. His pragmatic optimism, boundless energy and dynamic vision will surely advance MassArt’s mission of affirming the value of the arts as a life enhancing force in our society.”

Strickland served as the Interim President of the Memphis College of Art (MCA) from 2010-2011, a small, independent college offering undergraduate and graduate program in visual arts and liberal studies. From 2002 – 2011, he served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean at MCA, where he provided leadership and coordination for all academic programs and activities; oversaw institutional accreditation, research, planning and assessment; and administered faculty appointments and academic budgets. Strickland has been a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) Dean's group since 2002 and was Commissioner for National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) from 2006 to 2012.

Prior to his position in Memphis, Strickland served as Dean of the School of Art+Design at Purchase College in New York. As Dean, he oversaw the redesign of the visual arts and MFA curricula, increased academic standards, grew the undergraduate enrollment, and guided the school through its first National Association of Schools of Art and Design accreditation. Before becoming Dean in 1995, he created and taught in the Woodworking and Furniture Design program at Purchase.

Strickland is also a practicing artist. From 1972-2002, he owned and operated Shadow and Substance, a design/build company specializing in custom/studio furniture and architectural renovation. Part of the commissions included hand-designed furniture pieces for public libraries and commercial businesses. Additionally, Strickland’s speculative art furnishings have been exhibited in galleries and museums, and he served as a technical consultant for the construction of sculptures for artists Abe Ajay, Claus Oldenberg and Tal Streeter. His current artistic exploration is metal shaping and fabrication.

Strickland has a Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Buffalo and an MFA degree from the Rhode Island School of Design.