NSCAD president to step down

February 24, 2012

NSCAD University president David B. Smith has announced he will be stepping down from his post at the end of this school year, just as the art institution enters one of the more pivotal periods in its history. "I feel both privileged and honoured to have served my alma mater to the best of my abilities over the last six years, and I remain firmly committed to working with the Board to submit a solid sustainability plan to the Minister of Labour and Advanced Education in the coming weeks that will ensure the autonomy and vitality of NSCAD for the next 125 years," Smith says. A university spokesperson says Smith's decision "was unanticipated," but NSCAD has made "good progress" on the sustainability report, and "we expect to make the deadline." NSCAD's board chair notes that Smith's leadership ensured $8.4 million in private donations, the most funds raised in the institution's history. The board will strike a committee to appoint an interim president and search for Smith's permanent replacement. Message from the Chair | Globe and Mail