Kendall names Vic Liptak interim dean


Vic Liptak. Courtesy Kendall College of Art and Design

Kendall College of Art and Design has named Vic Liptak interim dean, while a search for a permanent dean is conducted by the college.

Kendall and the community

Kendall said Liptak’s primary responsibility will be to help “balance the Kendall ecosystem to take advantage of opportunities for sustainable growth and enhanced community involvement.”

Liptak will “facilitate communication" throughout the institution among students, faculty and administration.

“Vic is someone who understands the relationship between efficiency and impact,” said Kendall President David Rosen. “She possesses the administrative experience and progressive vision necessary to ensure that our internal community continues to create lasting external impact by working together in dynamic ways that engage the community at large.”

Rosen brought in Liptak as a consultant earlier this year to help Kendall develop its master of architecture program.

“I was immediately impressed with Grand Rapids,” Liptak said. “All these different communities in the city recognize that they’re working collaboratively on something larger than themselves, and KCAD is such an important part of that collaboration.

“What we do as individuals and members of KCAD will make a difference locally, regionally, and nationally,” added Liptak. “I want to help this institution make that impact.”

Higher education background

Liptak previously served at Woodbury University in various administrative roles: VP of Academic Affairs, associate for academic quality and associate dean of the School of Architecture.

Prior to working in academic administration, Liptak taught in Woodbury University’s architecture program.

Rosen worked with Liptak during his time at Woodbury University.

Liptak holds a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a master of architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.

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