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Lindsay Joins Cornish as VP

Lindsay Joins Cornish as VP

: Jonathan Lindsay. Photo by Mark Bocek.

Late of the Columbus College of Art & Design and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Jonathan Lindsay takes the reins as VP of Enrollment Management.


As Cornish approaches its centennial year, it has big plans for its second century. Key to these is enrollment: how many students will come to Cornish? How will they fit in? How will Cornish, reciprocally, fit into their hopes and dreams? The person in charge of understanding these deep questions and for matching the right students with a Cornish education is the vice president of enrollment management. As of September 3, there is a new one of these to head Cornish’s recruitment and retention efforts: Jonathan Lindsay.

Cornish President Dr. Nancy J. Uscher is unreserved in her enthusiasm for Lindsay’s arrival. “Cornish College of the Arts is very pleased to welcome Jonathan Lindsay as vice president of enrollment management,” she says.  “Jonathan brings a wealth of experience in the enrollment area to Cornish and he will be an outstanding member of the senior leadership team of the college.  We are thrilled to welcome Jonathan to the Cornish community.”

“Two things have become apparent,” said Lindsay, at the end of his second day on the job. “One, there is huge potential here, and two, there is a lot to do.”

Lindsay comes to Cornish from the Columbus College of Art & Design, where he was vice president of enrollment management and communications. Before that, he served as vice president for marketing and enrollment services at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Long before all of his work in college enrollment, Jonathan Lindsay was a country boy in the county of Kent, southeast of London. His father ran a large tree nursery there, and Lindsay says he was driving a tractor long before he could drive a car. After his schooling at venerable Cranbrook, he formed a sensible plan to matriculate at the London School of Economics. This intention was derailed, however, by a fascination with America, a malady from which a surprising number of Brits suffer. 

Traveling about in the U.S., he fell into an education at a teacher-training school. Needing money for his education, he fell, in turn, into a work-study job in the school’s financial aid office. It was this latter work with the needs of students, rather than his training as a teacher, that has guided Lindsay’s career.

Coming to Seattle, according to Lindsay, represents a homecoming of sorts for someone raised in the forest country of Kent: “It’s a return to a city that celebrates the outdoors.” He is looking forward to hiking in the area, as well as to an increasing involvement in a vibrant arts scene.


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