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Cornish Welcomes New Vice President for Institutional Advancement

June 04, 2013

Dr. Gwendolyn Freed arrived this week at Cornish College of the Arts to assume the position of Vice President for Institutional Advancement. She will serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet, overseeing fundraising, alumni relations, marketing, communications, and public relations.

Dr. Freed has a background in external relations, higher education, and the arts. She came to Cornish from the Minneapolis-based scholarship foundation Wallin Education Partners, where her primary focus as Executive Director was donor development. Previously, she served as Vice President for Marketing and Communication at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota. She also worked as a Major Gifts Officer at the Minnesota Orchestra. An oboist and former journalist, Dr. Freed has written about the arts for such outlets as the Wall Street Journal and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School. At the University of Minnesota, she earned a Master of Public Affairs degree in public and nonprofit leadership and management and a Ph. D. in Educational Policy and Administration.

“We are excited about Gwen’s arrival,” said Cornish President Nancy Uscher. “She brings a strong combination of skills and experience for Cornish. She has high energy and passion for our mission. We are grateful that Gwen has relocated her family here from Minnesota.”

“Seattle is spectacular. I appreciate the warm welcome I have received from the Cornish community,” said Dr. Freed. “I look forward to partnering with trustees, administrators, faculty, students, and alumni to advance the College.”

In the position, Dr. Freed follows the late Jane Ewing and Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement Karen Mudd.