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Search begins for new head of Glasgow School of Art

The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) is looking for a new director following the announcement that Seona Reid is to retire next August

Reid, the driving force behind the £50 million Steven Holl-designed campus building currently under construction opposite the Mackintosh, took up the role in September 1999.

It can sometimes be something of a rollercoaster

Speaking of her 13 years at the school Professor Reid, 62, said: Walking into my office in the Mackintosh Building always reminds me what a joy it is to lead The Glasgow School of Art and to be surrounded daily by incredibly creative, motivated and engaged staff and students. It can sometimes be something of a rollercoaster but it is always stimulating, stretching and full of personaland professional fulfilment.

She said: ‘Some of the rewards are physical and visible – our new Steven Holl building and the endless inventiveness of the work in the annual Degree Show, for example - but some of it is simply the knowledge of the success of our staff and students and the tremendous impact they are making oncultural, social and economic life whether in Scotland or much further afield. ‘

Announcing the news today (4 September) Philip Rodney, chair of the governors of the GSA said: ‘Seona has made an immeasurable contribution… and her outstanding leadership of the School, reflected in the current standing of the GSA nationally and internationally, is testimony to that.’

The new Holl building is due for completion in Autumn 2013.

Fact file

  • Reid will retire on 31 August 2013.
  • The recruitment and selection of the next director will begin ‘immediately’ led by the chair of the GSA Board of Governors Philip Rodney. This will be an ‘international search process’.
  • The School is due to make an appointment by spring 2013 with the new director in post from August 2013.

The £50 million Steven Holl-designed campus building currently under construction opposite the Mackintosh

The £50 million Steven Holl-designed campus building currently under construction opposite the Mackintosh


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