Chris Kevorkian Named Interim President

SEATTLE—Cornish College of the Arts’ Board of Trustees announced today (July 11) the selection of Chris Kevorkian as interim president of the college

“Chris’ history of strategic leadership, assessment and planning, as well as his passion for the arts and education, make him an excellent choice to head Cornish as we begin the search for our next president,” said Linda Brown, board chair.

Kevorkian most recently led UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health in developing a strategic plan to distinguish itself among top 10 peers in the field.

“Cornish’s dedication to developing graduates who are artists, engaged citizens, and innovators is inspiring,” Kevorkian said. "I’m honored and excited to take on this role.”

Kevorkian brings to Cornish a strong record of success in enterprise as well as education. He served as chief marketing and digital officer at MPA, the Association of Magazine Media. There, he led the media industry in adopting standards to take advantage of new opportunities offered by tablets and mobile media.

“Chris is a listener and a consensus-builder who is known for building strong teams,” Brown said. “Those are critical skills as we look forward to charting the next era at Cornish.”

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.