Star Hang Nga Rush Appointed Acting President

SEATTLE—Chris Kevorkian, who joined Cornish College of the Arts in 2016 as interim president, has successfully fulfilled his contract, Cornish’s Board of Trustees announced today. The Board thanked Kevorkian for his leadership and service to the College during a time of transition. 

The Board has appointed Star Hang Nga Rush, who has been serving as provost, to be acting president until a new president is hired, which is expected later this year. Rush joined the provost office in 2014, and has served as interim provost since February 2017. She’s been a core and adjunct faculty member at Cornish in the Humanities & Sciences department, where she taught writing, research and literature. She has served as faculty and administrator at other institutions of higher education in Washington state.

Cornish’s Search Advisory Committee is currently conducting interviews in an executive search that has included candidates from across the globe. 

During Kevorkian’s time with the school, Cornish College of the Arts launched a new BFA program in Interior Architecture, instituted a series of successful internal reorganizational initiatives, and staged two Cornish Galas that raised more than $1 million dollars in scholarship funds.