One attribute has always been at the heart of an ArtCenter education: creativity.

The world’s greatest cultural achievements emerge from it. Today’s innovation economy depends on it. It’s what employers seek. It’s what our graduates offer. Our students and faculty cultivate creativity every day in their classrooms, studios and off-campus venues.

A community of bold imagination whose impact is recognized around the globe, we invite you to join us—to embark on an extraordinary education that will prepare you to invent new challenges and discover new opportunities.

—Lorne M. Buchman, President

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Lorne M. Buchman began his tenure as the fifth president of ArtCenter in 2009. Under his leadership, the College has made significant strides with campus expansion, endowment growth, scholarships and financial aid for students. His current focus is on constructing new academic facilities and on-campus student housing and launching ArtCenter’s capital campaign.

Prior, Buchman served as president of Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, where he led the institution in a plan to transform from a graduate school into a multidisciplinary university. He previously served as provost and president of California College of the Arts, where he spearheaded the creation of its renowned San Francisco campus in 1994. During his tenure at CCA, he also oversaw significant enrollment growth, launched initiatives for public programs and community service, and diversified the faculty. A trained theater director and scholar, he is the author of Still in Movement: Shakespeare on Screen and has held a number of faculty and administrative positions at the University of California, Berkeley.

With his PhD from Stanford University and BA from the University of Toronto, Buchman was the principal and founder of Buchman Associates, a private consulting firm he established in 2000 for identifying philanthropic and private investment sources to develop facilities for nonprofit organizations. A key project included his work as the executive director of the highly acclaimed Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley, an international center dedicated to disability rights and universal access.

In addition, Buchman is active in community service, including membership on the boards of several art- and youth-related organizations.

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