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Gift Launches Provost’s Discretionary Fund

Gift Launches Provost’s Discretionary Fund

: Cornish Provost Moira Scott Payne. Photo by Mark Bocek.

Cornish Provost Moira Scott Payne: local foundation establishes a discretionary fund for the provost to benefit academic programs.

Cornish College of the Arts has received a significant gift to establish the Provost’s Discretionary Fund for Academic Programs. The commitment, from a local foundation that prefers to remain anonymous, will provide grants of $100,000 per year for five years, and is designated specifically to spur capacity-building academic initiatives. The grants will help the Provost, as academic leader, to advance new teaching models and programs, promote new digital infrastructures and emergent technologies, increase interdisciplinarity across the performing and visual arts, enhance research, and explore potential new programs emphasizing interdisciplinarity and innovation.

“We are thrilled about this extraordinary gift, which comes at a very auspicious time for the College,” said President Nancy J. Uscher, PhD. “Cornish is in a key period of transformational evolution, and this financial support will help the College to lead at the forefront of the arts and higher education in the years to come.”

“Students will be the primary beneficiaries of this extraordinary and visionary commitment,” said Provost Moira Scott Payne. “As leaders, administrators, and educators at Cornish, we try to live in the future, developing programs, projects, and collaborations that will lead students where their fields are going. These grants will help us do that.”

Provost Payne joined the College in October, 2013. Previously, she served as Programme Director of Art and Media at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at the University of Dundee, in Dundee, Scotland. An internationally recognized artist, administrator, and educator, she has visited and lectured in art colleges across the US and UK, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Maryland, and the Maryland Institute College of Art. One of her best known projects, 100 Women Paint the Sea, funded by the Scottish Arts Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, and Angus Arts Award, invited women living along the East Coast of Scotland to make a comment on their lives in relation to the sea.


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