PNCA Welcomes New Chief of Staff

October 15, 2012

October 15, 2012
Contact: Lisa Radon, Communications Specialist 971-255-5528
Becca Biggs, Director of Communications 971-255-5511

PNCA Welcomes New Chief of Staff New position supports President and Board on Creativity Works Here capital campaign and other key initiatives

PORTLAND, 0R – OCTOBER 15, 2012 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased to welcome Gillian D. Floren to the newly created position of Director of Executive Operations and Chief of Staff in the President’s Office. Floren brings top-level management experience and broad connections in the regional business community to PNCA as the College undertakes a $34 million project to expand campus to Portland’s North Park Blocks. PNCA is poised to begin transforming the former Federal building at 511 N.W. Broadway into the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design. A $15 million capital campaign, Creativity Works Here, is underway. “Having Gillian Floren join our team enhances the College’s ability to achieve PNCA’s goals of growth and transformation,” says President Tom Manley. “Her business leadership, communications expertise, and clear thinking are of tremendous benefit as we build the partnerships essential to moving this work forward successfully.” Floren most recently served as CEO of Greater Portland Inc. (GPI), an economic development organization for the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area. GPI was formed through a public-private merger that Floren guided through completion. Floren previously served as editor and as publisher of Oregon Business magazine. She has served on boards including those of the Oregon Council for the Humanities, Oregon Independent Colleges Foundation, and YWCA of Greater Portland. She is an American Leadership Forum fellow.

As Oregon’s flagship college of art and design since 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art has helped shape Oregon’s visual arts landscape for more than a century. PNCA students study with award-winning faculty in small classes. In the last seven years, PNCA has doubled both the student body and full-time faculty, quadrupled the endowment, and added innovative undergraduate and graduate programs. PNCA is now embarking on its boldest venture yet by establishing the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design as an anchor for the College’s vision of a new campus home on Portland’s North Park Blocks. Focusing on the transformative power of creativity, the capital campaign, Creativity Works Here, was launched in June 2012 with a lead gift from The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation of $5 million. PNCA’s new home will be a bustling hub for creativity and entrepreneurship, reflecting the influential role of art and design in our 21st century economy – both in Portland and beyond.

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