Prof. Dianne Taylor-Gearing

July 31, 2014

Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette is pleased to have assisted with the appointment of Professor Dianne Taylor-Gearing as president of NSCAD University.

An art educator, fashion designer and seasoned administrator, Prof. Taylor-Gearing will step into the leadership position at NSCAD University effective August 4, 2014.

“We welcome Prof. Taylor-Gearing to Halifax and to NSCAD University,” says Grant Machum, chair of NSCAD’s Board of Governors. “She has substantial experience working with independent arts institutions in the U.K., United States and Canada and providing guidance through times of change. A skilled leader and administrator, she’s known for her team-building approach.”

Prior to arriving at NSCAD University, the U.K. citizen and Yorkshire native will have served two years as the Vice-President Research and Academic Affairs at the Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) in Calgary, Alberta where she was tasked to advance the structure, strategy and academic rigor of its degree programs. Achievements include the approval of the school’s first grad program, a Master of Fine Arts in Craft Media, the introduction of a new academic structure with the appointment of four academic chairs, and accessing funding for new “2+2” programs between ACAD and other Alberta colleges.

She has more than 27 years of experience in art and design education and practice. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fashion and Textiles from Middlesex University, London. She then completed two years of post-graduate studies for the award of Higher Diploma in Fine Art, Theatre Design from the University of London, Slade School of Fine Art; and then earned her Post Graduate Teaching Certificate from Leeds Metropolitan University, U.K. Prof. Taylor-Gearing was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London in 1990 and graduated from the Harvard Business School General Management Program in 2011.

Prior to her position at ACAD, Prof. Taylor-Gearing was the Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean at the University for the Creative Arts, U.K.; and Head of the Faculty of Design at Ravensbourne in London, U.K. She was also the Vice President Admission at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia.

Please join us in welcoming Prof. Taylor-Gearing in her new role as president of NSCAD University.