David B. Smith steps down as President

After six years of service, David B. Smith will be stepping down as President of NSCAD University, effective May 15.

In sharing his news with the Board of Governors, Prof. Smith said it was an honor to serve his alma mater and remains committed to delivering a sustainability plan to the Minister of Labour and Advanced Education by the March 31 deadline.

“It is very gratifying for me to know that I have had the opportunity to contribute to shaping the present and future of NSCAD. Together, we have faced many challenges over the years and this recent period has seen perhaps the greatest challenge to our institution."

"Our community of many stakeholders, who believe as deeply in this institution as I, have come together offering multiple perspectives on how best to move forward through these turbulent times," he continued. "I have done everything in my power to advance my perspective, and what I believe to be the core essentials that define this great institution. I feel both privileged and honoured to have served my alma mater to the best of my abilities over the last six years, and I remain firmly committed to working with the Board to submit a solid sustainability plan to the Minister of Labour and Advanced Education in the coming weeks that will ensure the autonomy and vitality of NSCAD for the next 125 years.”

Some of the highlights of his tenure include seeing an unprecedented $8.4 million in private donations—more than had been raised in the university’s previous 120-year history—the development of the NSCAD Art in Schools initiative, the NSCAD-TD Centre for Community Service Learning and the Starfish Student Art Awards.

Michael Donovan, chair of the Board of Governors, thanked Prof. Smith for his leadership at a difficult time for the university. “David’s passion for NSCAD has been unwavering, and this is a key ingredient to our long term success as a leader in defining Canada and Nova Scotia’s contribution to and reputation in fine arts and creativity … On behalf of members of the university community I thank David and wish him every success in his future.”

A committee of the Board of Governors has been set up to search for an interim president for the 2012-2013 academic year. Serving on that committee are Paul Goodman, board treasurer; Michael Donovan, chair; Grant Machum, vice-chair; and Matthew Reichertz, faculty representative.

A permanent replacement will be sought to assume duties starting in 2013.

DavidSmith  David B. Smith (BFA 1992) is a passionate advocate for the importance of creative thinking skills applied to academic disciplines outside of the fine arts.