Meet the President
President Chris Kevorkian. Photo by Mark Bocek
“Cornish’s dedication to developing graduates who are artists, engaged citizens and innovators is inspiring."
Chris Kevorkian was appointed interim president of Cornish College of the Arts in July 2016. He brings to Cornish a strong record of success in enterprise as well as education. Prior to this appointment, he helped UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health in develop a strategic plan to distinguish itself among top 10 peers in the field.
From 2010 to 2013, Kevorkian served as chief marketing and digital officer at MPA, the Association of Magazine Media. There, he guided the $18 billion U.S. magazine industry's efforts in adopting standards to take advantage of new opportunities offered by tablets and mobile media. His establishment of the Tablet Metric Task Force has helped define early metrics, terminology and data release guidelines for publishers, advertisers, and agencies. Previously SVP BizDev at Business.com where he built a powerful distribution network with over 40 business magazine brands, he led Digital Initiatives for American Business Media as Digital Media Council Chair 2008-2010 and as Vice Chair 2006-2008.
For Time Inc., Kevorkian served as Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer of Sunset. While there, he reversed declining ad revenue and circulation at the magazine with initiatives that took the organization from $8MM net revenue to $58MM net revenue.He previously held senior positions at Good Housekeeping, Country Living,Young & Rubicam, and BBDO.
He has served on several nonprofit boards, championed STEM education, was an elected town official, and have considerable experience working with state and local government officials.
Kevorkian is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, with a degree in environmental planning and management. His wife, Nancy, is a Seattle native and UW alum. They have a daughter who graduated from Santa Clara University, and a son who graduated from the University of Michigan.