Dear MCA Community,
Welcome back to Memphis College of Art for the fall semester! The solar eclipse occurring on the first day of classes August 21 provides an exciting marker for the start of this academic year.
Our faculty, staff, alumni, and students have been busy this summer with internships, exhibitions, and awards. Also this summer, we received a technology grant from ArtsMemphis to support UX/UI learning. Horn Island 33 had a record number of participants. We begin the first year of the MCA Tuition Guarantee, which freezes tuition at current levels for all students. We are now able to recognize our animation students by showing their work across campus on our digital screens. Our Summer Art Camp had an outstanding year, and Summer Academy for rising high school students returned with great success.
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Warren “Bud” Richey, our new VP of Student Affairs and Dean of Students. Bud most recently held the Associate VP of External Programs position at Rhodes College, where he served in a variety of capacities over the last 14 years and was often referred to as the “Jobfather” for his support of student job searches. Prior to Rhodes, Bud served as the Associate Dean of Students at U of M, and Associate Dean of Students and Director of Orientation at LSU. In 2016, Bud received the cityCURRENT Spark Award for “Leader of the Year” in Education. Bud’s first day at MCA will be August 14.
We are fortunate to be in an institution that values creativity, both in and out of the classroom. I hope that each member of our community has a pleasant and rewarding start to fall, and look forward to seeing each of you around campus.
Laura Hine, President