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Professor Irene McAra-McWilliam appointed Director of The Glasgow School of Art

The Board of The Glasgow School of Art has announced that it has appointed Professor Irene McAra-McWilliam as Director of The Glasgow School of Art. 

The appointment will initially be for one year and the GSA will in due course undertake a full candidate search. Since 16th October, Professor McAra-McWilliam and Professor Ken Neil have been acting as joint interim Directors and the Board wishes to thank Professor Neil for undertaking this role.  

Irene McAra-McWilliam joined the GSA in 2005 as Head of School of Design which flourished under her leadership and expanded to include the Institute of Design Innovation.  She was awarded an OBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours in recognition of her work in Higher Education, Innovation and Design, and in that year was appointed Deputy Director (Innovation).  She established the GSA’s Highland Campus at Altyre and created The Innovation School as the GSA’s fifth academic school, reflecting our growth in learning, teaching and research in this new area of creative practice.  

Speaking on her appointment Professor McAra-McWilliam said: 

“I'm honoured to have been appointed as Director of The Glasgow School of Art. Although we've recently had to deal with a very challenging period, I'm confident that we have the soul and spirit to move ahead, aware of just what a successful and innovative art school we are. 

Together, we can build on our long history of creativity and innovation as one of the world’s finest art schools. Together, we'll focus on the future, re-engage with our diverse communities, and re-energise the GSA with the rebuild of the Mackintosh building and our proud history and heritage at its core”. 

The Board wishes Professor Irene McAra-McWilliam every success in her new role and is confident that the GSA will continue to be a successful, independent and internationally highly esteemed art school under her leadership.

Picture courtesy of Paul Campbell.

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