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KCAD Announces Hiring of Interim Dean

Posted September 12, 2013 in Campus

Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD) has announced that Vic Liptak will serve as Dean of the College on an interim basis while a search for a permanent Dean is conducted. As Dean, Liptak will facilitate open communication throughout the institution and foster meaningful relationships between students, faculty, and administration. Her primary responsibility will be to help balance the KCAD ecosystem to take advantage of opportunities for sustainable growth and enhanced community involvement.


Vic Liptak

“Vic is someone who understands the relationship between efficiency and impact,” said KCAD President David Rosen. “She possesses the administrative experience and progressive vision necessary to ensure that our internal community continues to create lasting external impact by working together in dynamic ways that engage the community at large.”

Rosen worked with Liptak during his time at Woodbury University, where he served as Senior Vice President from 2003-2012. Liptak previously served Woodbury in a number of different administrative capacities, including Vice President of Academic Affairs, Associate for Academic Quality, and Associate Dean of the School of Architecture.

“I love working in academic affairs because it challenges you to consider the needs of every level of the institution,” said Liptak. “This job is about making KCAD a place where everyone’s engaged and where we value each other’s growth. I want to ensure that communication is clear and that expectations are shared between faculty, students, and staff.”

Liptak’s first experience with KCAD and Grand Rapids came earlier this year when Rosen brought her in as a consultant to help the College develop its forthcoming Master of Architecture program.

“I was immediately impressed with Grand Rapids,” said Liptak. “All these different communities in the city recognize that they’re working collaboratively on something larger than themselves, and KCAD is such an important part of that collaboration. What we do as individuals and members of KCAD will make a difference locally, regionally, and nationally. I want to help this institution make that impact.”

Prior to working in academic administration, Liptak taught in Woodbury University’s architecture program. She holds a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.