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KyCAD Dean Moira Scott Payne named president

Terry Tyler, president since 2014, takes community relations role

Moira Scott Payne
Moira Scott Payne

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (August 7, 2017) — The Kentucky College of Art + Design at Spalding University has a new president.

Moira Scott Payne, who had been serving as the first dean of KyCAD since June 15, became president last week after a vote by the executive committee of the KyCAD Board of Directors. She takes the baton from outgoing President Terry Tyler, who has moved into a new role as director of community relations.

“Terry and I have had numerous discussions since my arrival, and we agreed that the most effective and efficient way for KyCAD to move forward would be to carve up our respective roles differently,” Scott Payne said. “This change will allow me to begin working with our board and many other stakeholders to develop a strategic plan for KyCAD. And it will let us more fully leverage Terry’s 35 years of experience making connections in the business sector of Louisville.”

Located on the Spalding campus near downtown Louisville, KyCAD was founded in 2009 by artist and educator Churchill Davenport and several other people. In 2014 the KyCAD board brought in Tyler, who had just retired after a long career as a partner and market leader with Mercer Inc., to serve as president. Davenport took the title of chancellor and continues to teach at the school.

Seeking an experienced leader in art education, KyCAD last fall launched a national search for a new dean to become its chief academic officer. Written into the job description was the expectation that the dean would in time take on the role of president. With the move, Scott Payne retains the title of dean as well.

“I am very eager to work closely with Moira as she leads KyCAD into the future,” said Spalding University President Tori Murden McClure. “KyCAD continues to attract an increasing number of students to Spalding and serves a significant void in our community; it’s only a matter of time before KyCAD becomes prominent across the region and country.”

Scott Payne had previously served as Provost, Research, and Provost, Vice President of Academic Affairs for Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Before that she was Director of the Art and Media Program at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee University, Scotland.