Sessions College for Professional Design, a fully online college for creative arts, today announced the promotion and appointment of Gordon Drummond as President. Mr. Drummond most recently served as Chief Academic Officer of the College. The appointment was announced by Doris Granatowski, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors.
“Gordon’s promotion reflects a continued focus at Sessions College on academic excellence, program growth, institutional improvement, and regulatory compliance, as the school seeks to expand its degree and certificate programs in an increasingly competitive online arts education space,” said Ms. Granatowski.
“Sessions College has always had a mission to provide quality, career-focused design education and I’m really energized by our transformation and our achievements of the last few years,” said Mr. Drummond. ”As President, I’m looking forward to working with our talented staff to help Sessions College reach more students, improve and expand its educational programs, and deliver more efficient, high-quality student services.”
Gordon Drummond, 43, joined Sessions College in February 2001. Mr. Drummond is an educator and instructional designer with over 20 years of experience in private education. At Sessions College, he has served as a Director of Curriculum and Chief Academic Officer. Outside of Sessions College, he currently serves as a Commissioner on the Middle States Association Commission on Secondary Schools. Mr. Drummond has presented seminars on online education at conferences including Macworld, DETC, CCA, Angel Learning, Surtex, and the Graphic Artist’s Guild. He holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
In a related move, Ms. Granatowski also announced the promotion of Tara MacKay from Director of Education to Chief Academic Officer of Sessions College.
“Sessions College has exciting work in store to ensure academic excellence and continue the tremendous momentum of our Education Department initiatives,” said Ms. Granatowski. “Navigating the changing design industry, and evolving our curriculum and approach to teaching accordingly, is an ongoing challenge, and one that Ms. MacKay will lead through effective research, assessment, and attention to students’ needs as emerging professional designers.”
Tara MacKay, 34, joined Sessions College in September 2001 as a faculty member with experience in Web design, logo design, and illustration. Since 2006, Ms. MacKay has served as Director of Education supervising curriculum design and course development. Editor of the book Graphic Design Portfolio-Builder: Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator Projects (Peachpit Press, 2006), she expects to be awarded a Master’s in Higher Education from Drexel University in March 2011.
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