PORTLAND, OR – August 26, 2011 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kavin Buck in the newly created position of Vice President for Enrollment Services. Buck comes to PNCA from the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture (UCLA Arts) where he served as Director of Enrollment Management and Outreach.
“Kavin brings to PNCA more than 20 years of professional experience in art school admissions at top level institutions,” said Tom Manley, President of PNCA. “He has been recognized for his exceptional work in the enrollment management field both with awards and with leadership positions in professional organizations. We think he is just the person to help PNCA realize its bold vision to become a school of influence and we look forward to welcoming him to the College and to the Portland community.
Buck’s deep experience with arts admissions began in 1994 at Otis College of Art and Design. Since then, he has served as Director of Admissions at Otis, Director of Recruitment and Outreach at UCLA’s School of Art and Architecture and most recently, as Director of Enrollment Management and Outreach at UCLA Arts where he is also a member of the Dean’s Cabinet. His own undergraduate and graduate training at Otis and at Cal Arts, respectively, enabled him to launch and maintain his own studio practice, to operate a gallery, to actively exhibit and to teach art students as a faculty member at the Santa Monica College Art Mentor Program.
"I am very excited to be joining Pacific Northwest College of Art as the institution looks towards the next decade with its eye on campus expansion, increasing its curricular offerings and addressing diversity within the student body,” Buck says. “I am impressed by the vision of the faculty and staff and look forward to being apart of PNCA and the greater Portland community as PNCA becomes a leader in arts education not only on the West Coast, but both nationally and internationally."
In 2008, Buck published A Guide to College Choices for the Performing and Visual Arts. Buck regularly lectures on college admissions and the arts at conferences around the country. He has also served on the executive board of and as President of the Western Association for College Admissions Counseling.
In addition to more than a decade of significant work at UCLA Arts, Buck continues to maintain an active studio practice. Works at recent shows in Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Seattle have been reviewed as “extremely sophisticated, even jewel-like.” Others describe his work as “turning stereotype on its head,” an examination of a “profound and original idea.”
As Vice President for Enrollment Services, Buck will be a critical part of PNCA’s senior leadership team. Buck will work with the President, the President’s cabinet, faculty, staff and Board of Governors in order to determine short and long term enrollment goals, admissions criteria, financial aid policy, retention strategies and how the College is represented regionally, nationally and internationally. Buck will help PNCA continue to grow into a premier art education institution, shaping trends in art, design and culture, in Portland and beyond. Buck begins work at PNCA on October 31, 2011.