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Week of 10 September 2004 · Vol. VIII, No. 2

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Simpson named director of CFA’s school of visual arts

By David J. Craig

The College of Fine Arts announced recently the appointment of Judith Simpson, an associate professor and chairman of the art education department, as director of CFA’s school of visual arts, effective September 1.

Simpson, whose primary research interest is the role of art education in urban schools, had been the school’s director ad interim for the 2003-2004 academic year. Last year, she established a visiting artist program at the school, catalogued its collection of archived work, and undertook a curriculum review.

Simpson joined the visual arts faculty as an assistant professor in 1996, was promoted to associate professor in 1998, and became chairman of the art education department in 2001. She has degrees from the University of New Hampshire and the Massachusetts College of Art, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. The term of her appointment as director is two years.

“Judith Simpson has been a strong advocate for the school of visual arts throughout her tenure,” says Walt Meissner, CFA dean ad interim. “She is a high-energy leader with a naturally collaborative work style and a passionate commitment to the school and its students.”

Says Simpson: “I’m enthusiastic about our momentum in the school of visual arts. We are about to embark on two major strategic initiatives — forging a partnership with a leading museum and establishing a summer institute for high school students — that will enhance our recruitment and raise the school’s profile on the BU campus and throughout the artistic community. I’m eager to make these initiatives a reality.”


10 September 2004
Boston University
Office of University Relations

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