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ArtServe Michigan Elects President Rosen to Board

Posted April 8, 2013 in Campus

ArtServe Michigan, the state’s leading statewide nonprofit arts and cultural advocacy organization, announced Kendall President David M. Rosen, Ph.D., was elected to its Board of Directors.

"I was honored to be asked to join the board because I saw the excellent work ArtServe has been doing to demonstrate the importance of the arts and to advocate for and support their place in Michigan's education, economy and culture,” said Rosen. “As we enter a phase in the life of the region, state and nation where our population's creativity will be required for economic advancement and personal completion, an organization like ArtServe is best able to tell the stories and cultivate resources to allow us all to prosper. My job and Kendall's job is to support that work that is so essential for us all."

Members across Michigan elected to the Board of Directors are active in public policy, business, cultural organizations, civic affairs, higher education, the legal profession and nonprofit work and serve three-year terms. The Board meetsquarterly and works collaboratively to guide the organization in its statewide efforts to advocate, connect and support the creative community as a contributing force to Michigan’s revitalization.

“David’s passion and knowledge on creative economy and arts education issues, the role the arts plays as a significant contributor to Michigan’s success and how business and creativity converge to build opportunity for entrepreneurship and talent attraction align perfectly with the mission of ArtServe,” said Jennifer Goulet, president and CEO of ArtServe Michigan. “His expertise and experience will be an asset to our continued work cultivating the creative potential of our state.”

Joining Kendall as president in 2012, Rosen is continuing the momentum established by his predecessor Oliver Evans in growing enrollment, while working to establish Kendall as a trailblazer for its innovative new programs, including Collaborative Design, Medical Illustration and Fashion Studies; raising awareness of it’s award-winning fine art and design programs; and building new masters programs, including an architecture program focused on sustainable living and environmental responsibility.

Prior to Kendall, Rosen served as Senior Vice President and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Woodbury University in Burbank, Los Angeles, which has been nationally recognized for its innovation, creativity and forward-thinking leadership in education. There, he co-authored and coordinated significant grants and awards and helped secure the Ray Bradbury Center for Creativity. He also served more than two decades at the University of Maine - Machias. 

Rosen earned his doctorate and master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. and his bachelor’s degree from Haverford College in Pennsylvania. A Maine native, he currently resides in Grand Rapids, Mich. He has directed various academic and small theater productions and founded the Maine Youth Summer Theater Institute and Burbank Summer Theater Institute. He also is a published author and songwriter.

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