Dean of Academic Affairs
Charles Wright was named Dean of Academic Affairs at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) in July 2017. Prior to KCAD, he served as Chair of the Department of Art at Western Illinois University, where he led the department through a visioning study for new facilities and helped navigate the impact of a statewide budget impasse. During this time, the department successfully received accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
Prior to Western, Wright spent 21 years at Coastal Carolina University, including 12 years as Chair of the Department of Art. During his tenure, the department grew from eleven to more than 150 students as he initiated and led the program through its first national accreditation review.
Wright is currently serving as a Board member of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD). He has also served as President of the Board of Directors of Horry County Arts and Cultural Events (ACE), an umbrella arts re-granting agency in Myrtle Beach, SC; as a College Art Association (CAA) Board member, Vice President of Committees and as Chair of CAA’s Professional Practices Committee; and as a Board member of the National Council of Arts Administrators (NCAA). Wright is a lifetime member of Tri State Sculptor's Educational Association.
Wright has taught drawing, three-dimensional design and sculpture over a career that spans more than 33 years. His large-scale steel, wood, Plexiglas, and stone sculptures have appeared in numerous exhibitions. Though Wright continues to produce sculptures, his current creative focus is on arts administration and management.