Idyllwild Arts Foundation Names New President

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Current Head of the Chicago Academy for the Arts will assume the role.

Pamela Jordan

The Idyllwild Arts Foundation announced today the selection of Pamela Jordan as its President. She will have the responsibility of overseeing the Academy, one of only three independent boarding high schools for the arts in the United States and its 64-year-old Summer Program, which annually reaches nearly 2000 participants of all ages who are seeking intensive arts experiences.

Ms. Pamela Jordan has a Bachelor of Music degree from Phillips University and a Master of Arts Education from Northeastern Illinois University. With over 23 years of experience at The Chicago Academy for the Arts, Pamela has served that institution in various capacities, and has been the Head of School for the past 11 years. Pamela also holds leadership positions in a number of regional and national independent school organizations. “I am passionate about arts education and very excited about the opportunity to work with the talented faculty and staff of Idyllwild Arts.” Pamela commented; “I am a firm believer in the mission of Idyllwild Arts and I look forward to working with the Board, Faculty and Staff of Idyllwild Arts as we build upon the strong reputation of this remarkable institution.”

Idyllwild Arts’ Board Chair, Faith Raiguel comments, “I am thrilled that Pamela has accepted the position of President. IAF is a marvelous institution with a legacy of commitment to creativity and with an equally remarkable future at the forefront of arts education for all ages. Following an intensive, year-long search, which involved a careful self-study, and the involvement of all our constituencies, we have selected Pam to head our school from among a field of diverse and well-qualified candidates. She brings rich experience and a history of visionary leadership that is uniquely suited to ensure the academy and summer program thrive and continue to fulfill the IAF mission.”

Ms. Jordan will begin at Idyllwild Arts in July 2014.

Located in the mountains just two hours east of Los Angeles, Idyllwild Arts opened its Academy, a fully accredited, boarding high school for the Arts, in 1986. The Academy offers 7 majors, including music, dance, theatre, visual arts, writing, filmmaking and Inter-Arts. It continues to host an extensive Summer Program offering over100 intensive hands-on workshops for all ages in a variety of fields. With a 200-acre campus, extensive studio, exhibition and performance spaces and a notable faculty, IAF also has a history of visiting artists such as Ansel Adams, Meredith Willson, Bella Lewitzky, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Pete Seeger, Norman Corwin and notable alumni including Casey Abrams, Shepard Fairey, Nate Lowman, Tony nominee Marin Ireland, clarinetist Evan Christopher and musician Trevor Hall.

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