KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Aug. 4, 2014) -- Jacqueline Chanda, president of the Kansas City Art Institute since 2011, has informed the college's board of trustees that she plans to retire on Aug.4, 2014. Chanda had joined KCAI following her previous role as academic dean of the Institute for American Universities and director of the Aix Center in Aix-en-Provence in France.
The chairman of KCAI’s board, Steve Metzler, said Chanda is a “visionary and change agent” who brought numerous new programs and redesigned others to attract more talented students to the art college.
“When Jacqueline arrived she introduced an institutional effectiveness plan that aided us with the regional accreditation board and ensured federal financial aid for our students,” Metzler said. “She developed a post baccalaureate program so our art students could attain teaching certification, she reorganized our development operation and fund-raising events and she pushed the Board to expand our facilities for several departments.”
Metzler noted the importance of the recent gift of the Grand Arts Building, 1819 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri, which Chanda and donor Margaret Silva, an alumna and philanthropist, designed to house a new master's degree graduate program where art students could learn new business skills to run their own businesses.
During her tenure, Chanda weathered challenges presented by a struggling economy and tension with faculty over a changing environment for academic institutions. Despite those challenges, the board recognized and appreciated Chanda's many accomplishments on behalf of KCAI. Metzler noted, "Students, faculty and the entire community will benefit from Jacqueline’s contributions to KCAI for many years.”
Chanda, who has a Ph.D. in art history from the Sorbonne University in Paris, is the author of numerous articles about students becoming creative problem solvers and on other contemporary art and education topics.
Metzler, who will serve as interim president, said KCAI will embark on a search process for a new president.