Let’s go for a coffee

As we move into the summer season, I thought you might be interested in hearing about what has been on my plate.

First, we are rapidly closing in on the completion dates for our two major studies—the Affiliation Study and the Space Study. Much of my time has been devoted to providing information to the consultants and reviewing briefing updates. As you know, these studies will require important consideration and decisions by NSCAD. Accordingly, I expect that we will be convening information and discussion opportunities with internal stakeholder groups towards the end of the summer. Please stay posted.


I had the pleasure of meeting Judith Rickard and Jean Hogan recently. Their dear friend, Joan DeWolfe, bequeathed half her estate to NSCAD. The significant gift provides endowed funding for graduate scholarships and support for youth to participate in Extended Studies programs.

Second, upon receiving funding from the Province, we will be posting an RFP for consultants to lead a comprehensive re-visioning and strategic planning exercise through the fall. Like the prior item, this will be a significant undertaking for NSCAD and will include participation opportunities from all our stakeholder groups.

Speaking of an RFP, Impact Communications was the design firm that was successful in winning the NSCAD rebranding project. The funding for this project, which relates specifically to student recruitment, comes from a significant donation received last year by an anonymous donor.

Design student Brittney Annand received first honorarium at the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission’s Art and Design Exposition, which took place at CASHRA’s National Human Rights Conference at the end of May. Congratulations to the students and professors involved in this impressive project.

Third, a small task for the Board of Governors has been finalizing bylaw resolutions necessary to operationalize board governance changes. These changes consist of reducing the number of standing committee through consolidation, greater specificity of committee mandates, and reporting protocols. The intention is to make the changes at the AGM in September.

Aside from these major files, I have been very busy on the representational front, attending numerous meetings and public events and talking to people about NSCAD and the significant progress we’ve made.

I intend to be on site for the summer and would enjoy having coffee with anyone who reads this blog. I am interested in hearing more of the day-to-day responsibilities and challenges faced by members of the community and receiving any advice you wish to share. Please feel free to call or to drop by the office to schedule a time to meet.

In the meantime, I wish you all an enjoyable and safe summer.

Yours truly,


Wood mayhem

This room-sized sculpture by NSCAD part-time faculty member Steve Higgins is on display at Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery until the end of July.

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