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Coogan Named President of MCAD

Jay Coogan, former provost at the Rhode Island School of Design, has been named the sixteenth president of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. David Hartwell, chair of MCAD’s board of trustees, announced Coogan’s appointment today to the college community. “I am extremely proud that Jay Coogan has been offered and has accepted the position of president of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design,” Hartwell said. “He brings to MCAD an enormous amount of experience leading one of the most prestigious art and design colleges in the country.”

An accomplished visual artist, Coogan’s work includes the creation of sculptural objects and installations and the making of functional works. He has created public commissions for the US cities of Cambridge, Boston, Providence, and Green Bay. His work has been shown at numerous museums and galleries and is represented in many corporate and private collections. A native of Massachusetts, Coogan received his MFA degree in sculpture from Hunter College, the City University of New York, and his BA, magna cum laude, in visual arts from Brown University.

“Meeting members of the MCAD community has strengthened my belief in the creativity and potential of the college,” Coogan said. “As MCAD approaches its 125th anniversary in 2011, it will be a pleasure to celebrate its distinguished contributions to art-and-design education. I look forward to building the future of MCAD and introducing my family to an exciting new phase of our lives in the Twin Cities.”

Coogan plans to take office in July, succeeding Michael O’Keefe, president of the college since July 2002. O’Keefe announced his plans to retire last May.