UTSA launches nationwide search for director of new art school | UTSA today | UTSA
MAY 31, 2022 – UTSA today announced a nationwide search for the founding principal of a new UTSA school focused on arts education. The new school, to be named later this summer, is created following the university’s merger of the Southwest School of Art and in conjunction with an ongoing tactical visioning process to remake the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts (COLFA) .
Work to integrate SSA’s BFA offerings with UTSA’s curriculum was announced in August 2021, and a final agreement has been approved by the SSA Board of Trustees and the UT System Board of Trustees in November 2021. Over the winter and spring of 2022, many merger action milestones were completed to enable the launch of this national research.
“By leveraging the combined strengths of our two institutions, we have an unprecedented opportunity to create a new school with the potential to become a national model for arts education,” said Kimberly Andrews Espy, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “Through this search, we hope to identify a Founding Director with the leadership and experience necessary to define and chart the realization of a shared vision for the benefit of our students and the San Antonio arts community.”
The search will be assisted by executive search firm Koya Partners and Koya’s managing director Naree WSvineyard.
Founded in 2004, Koya has conducted more than a thousand executive searches for mission-driven organizations in the United States and around the world.
Viner is considered one of the leading search consultants in the field, and she has particular expertise in working with arts and cultural institutions to identify and recruit executive talent. Representative clients include the Corcoran School of Art (George Washington University); Haystack Mountain Craft School; the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Harvard Art Museums; Smart Museum of Art (University of Chicago); University of Michigan Museum of Art; Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library; and the Yale University Art Gallery.
A Research Advisory Committee comprised of faculty, staff and student representatives and community stakeholders will be appointed later this summer. To initiate the development of the position profile, the research firm will engage with community and academic stakeholders to identify their aspirations and desired characteristics in the new school leader.
The search process will provide multiple opportunities to meet and interact with candidates, as well as contribute to the selection. Concurrent with the research, COLFA leadership will conduct campus visits and engage with national experts and community constituents to learn from exemplary universities and programs as guides in the growth of the new school.
“The SSA merger provides us with an incredible opportunity to recommit to arts education as part of our work through the tactical visioning process of identifying COLFA’s greatest strengths and opportunities,” said Dean. Glenn Martinez. “Our Faculty of Art and Art History and
SSA colleagues have worked diligently to create a new curriculum for the BFA program that connects and expands the complementary strengths of our institutions. More broadly, the new art school will contribute to a vibrant and thriving arts education ecosystem for our students and the wider community.