The FIU College of Architecture and The Arts has a new Dean’s Leadership Advisory Board, which met recently for the first time.
The 32-member board, consisting of prominent leaders in the performing arts, visual arts, design, finance, business, and communication, assists Brian Schriner, dean of the College of Architecture and The Arts, by supporting and representing the College’s interests in the community.
Centering on South Florida’s arts, design, and cultural transformation and the College’s resulting unique leadership opportunities, the Board discussed the implementation of their 2013-14 strategic initiatives: securing the necessary financial resources to ensure student access and timely completion to degree; finding gainful and meaningful internships and employment for the College’s students and graduates; increasing the College’s public-private partnerships, entrepreneurial opportunities, and study abroad programs; launching specialized and interdisciplinary academic initiatives at the College’s recently opened Miami Beach Urban Studios.
“This blue ribbon advisory board will assist the college by opening up new opportunities to innovate unique and productive programs and interfaces involving crossdisciplinary collaborations that will strengthen ties with the professions and enrich educational experiences for students,” said Bill Hipp, board chair and dean Emeritus at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music.
Board members discussed the importance of examining how universities educate students and the role of community and professional engagement in that process. In support, Schriner congratulated the College’s faculty for establishing a nationally renowned curriculum that is as creative, innovative, and inspiring as Miami itself.
“By sharing my exposure, contacts and my experience worldwide, my contributions to this board will help to expand the College’s international reputation,” said board member Kobi Karp, principal of Kobi Karp Architects.
Dean Schriner applauded the Board’s commitment, financial support, and enthusiasm. “It is evident by your overwhelming support, the College plays a central role in our community. Through increased student internships and the forging of additional public-private partnerships, I am confident the College will continue our ability to produce a creative workforce that remains highly competitive in a rapidly, evolving global economy,”said Schriner.
The FIU College of Architecture and The Arts opened its Miami Beach Urban Studio (MBUS) in the historic 420 Lincoln Road Building. It is a dynamic learning venue uniquely situated to partner with and engage the diverse Miami Beach cultural community and to provide The FIU College of Architecture and The Arts students with a Worlds Ahead education.
For a complete list of board members, visit: http://carta.fiu.edu/about-us/leadership- council/index.html.
ABOUT THE COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE AND THE ARTS:
With more than 1,400 majors in seven academic departments—Architecture, Art and Art History, Communication Arts, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Music, and Theatre—the College of Architecture and The Arts is proud to offer undergraduate and graduate students an intimate and nurturing atmosphere that offers opportunities for individual attention while promoting the creative spirit in the pursuit of knowledge and the cultivation of imagination, intellectual curiosity, and artistic expression For more information, visit CARTA’s website at: www.carta.fiu.edu/ or www.vimeo.com/49453119
Florida International University is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a community engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU is Worlds Ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. It has 160,000 alumni and enrolls 50,000 students on two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU is a member of the Sun Belt Conference and has 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu.