Stevenson University announces the appointment of Keith D. Kutch as the Founding Dean of the University’s new School of Art and Design. The School encompasses the University’s programs in business communication; film, video, and theatre; and visual communication design. Kutch most recently served as the Academic Dean of the Art Academy of Cincinnati where he supervised the complete revamping of the fine arts and communication arts bachelor’s curriculum.
“As we expand our university model, Keith will help us forge a vision for the school, including the development of new programs in the design field,” said Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., president of Stevenson University.
Before serving Academic Dean of the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Kutch chaired the design department at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and chaired the Departments of Furniture and Industrial Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design. He also created the furniture design major at the Parsons School of Design in New York.
Kutch holds a bachelor’s degree in art from Metropolitan State College in Denver and a master of fine arts degree in furniture design from the Rhode Island School of Design. In addition to his academic and administrative roles, he is a designer and fabricator of art furniture and handcrafted collector’s pieces.
“As the school establishes a presence within the University and in associated professional communities, we will work to bring new programmatic offerings to Stevenson students that broaden both their educational and professional opportunities after they graduate,” said Kutch.
Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent university in Maryland with more than 3,400 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult accelerated degrees at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.