October 21, 2017

ArtCenter College of Design Appoints New Trustee

Designer, Strategist and National AIGA President Su Mathews Hale brings expertise on brand, innovation and culture to ArtCenter College of Design

As part of a larger effort to build a strong and multitalented leadership core, ArtCenter College of Design has appointed graphic designer and brand strategist Su Mathews Hale to the Board of Trustees. A senior partner in design for Lippincott, a global creative consultancy, Mathews Hale joined ArtCenter’s Board at its meeting today.

“Under a new strategic plan with efforts to provide the best educational experience possible for our students while expanding their professional network, we’re at a critical turning point for ArtCenter’s Board of Trustees,” said Board Chairman Robert C. Davidson Jr. “Su epitomizes the next stage of leadership for the College, representing the importance of industry experience and individual support for the next generation of artists and designers.”

“Joining ArtCenter’s Board is something I’ve looked forward to for a long time,” Mathews Hale said. “I have a deep respect for my professional peers who teach at ArtCenter and I’m honored to join this group of leaders to make the College as dynamic and relevant as possible for the next generation of artists and designers.”

“Given her impressive experience helping major companies build brands and identify the innovation spaces that matter most to the customer of the future, Su brings a much-needed perspective to the Board—and the College as a whole,” said ArtCenter President Lorne Buchman, who also serves on the Board of Trustees. “She’s an extremely interesting and intelligent person with a wealth of ideas for connecting design practitioners and advocates to our educational programs.”

For more than two decades, Mathews Hale has thrived at the intersection of graphic design and brand strategy. Using the power of design to develop inspiring creations and solve business problems, she has worked with a broad range of notable clients including Chick-fil-A, eBay, Hawaiian Airlines, Hershey’s, Hyatt, IHG, Liz Claiborne, New York Public Library, Red Robin, Samsung, Shutterstock, Taco Bell and Walmart.

Mathews Hale is president of AIGA, the professional association for design, that serves 70 chapters and more than 25,000 members worldwide. She spearheaded Women Lead, an AIGA committee dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women in design, cultivating awareness of gender-related issues, and connecting women both within and beyond the design industry.

Additional biographic information about Mathews Hale can be found on the ArtCenter Trustees webpage.

“Su was brought into the fold by current Trustee and ArtCenter alumnus Kit Hinrichs,” Davidson added. “Kit has proven to be an engaged and dedicated Trustee. We’re extremely grateful for his leadership and his advocacy on behalf of the College.”

About ArtCenter College of Design
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, ArtCenter College of Design (artcenter.edu) is a global leader in art and design education. ArtCenter offers 11 undergraduate and seven graduate degrees in a wide variety of industrial design disciplines as well as visual and applied arts. In addition to its top-ranked academic programs, the College also serves members of the Greater Los Angeles region through a highly regarded series of year-round educational programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for both its ties to industry and social impact initiatives, ArtCenter is the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status. Throughout the College’s long and storied history, ArtCenter alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society.

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"Su Mathews Hale"

Designer, strategist and national AIGA President Su Mathews Hale brings her expertise on brand, innovation and culture to ArtCenter College of Design as a newly appointed Trustee.

"Su Mathews Hale"