Utah dean to lead Cornish as its first African-American president

A longtime leader of the arts from Utah will become president of Cornish College of the Arts on July 1. He will be its first African-American president.

Raymond Tymas-Jones, the dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah for 12 years, will become the next president of downtown Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts — and its first African-American president.

In Utah, Tymas-Jones was a champion of interdisciplinary activity through the infusion of arts and design practices in medicine, science and business, Cornish officials said. He established the Center for Interdisciplinary Arts in Technology at the school.

He also served as chief administrator for the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, the…

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