KCUR Arts
3:40 pm
Fri March 19, 2010

KCAI President Kathleen Collins Announces Retirement

Kathleen Collins, president of the Kansas City Art Institute since 1996, announced recently she'd retire in June 2011.

Kansas City, MO – Kathleen Collins, president of the Kansas City Art Institute since 1996, announced recently she'd retire in June 2011. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.



During Kathleen Collins's tenure as president of the Kansas City Art Institute, the campus has been infused and transformed by $29 million in renovations and new buildings. The college has erased a deficit, increased enrollment, reorganized into four schools, launched an animation major, and a planned launch of a new digital media major.

Collins cited the creation of the H&R Block Artspace, as well as the new library and painting buildings, as some of her proudest accomplishments.

In June 2011, when she retires, Collins will have served as president of the college for 15 years. That's longer than any president in the 125 year history of the Art Institute. Laura Spencer, KCUR News.