David C. Howse was named the 10th president of the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. He will take on his new duties in December.
The California College of the Arts enrolls more than 1,100 undergraduate students and about 350 graduate students, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education. African Americans make up just 4 percent of the undergraduate student body.
Since 2015, Howse has served as vice president in the Office of the Arts at Emerson College in Boston. He also was executive director of ArtsEmerson, and served as special advisor to the president.
“Becoming the president of CCA is an incredible opportunity because it brings together my interests in and professional dedication to the arts with my passion for teaching, innovating, and engaging the community,” said Howse. “It will be an honor to support and engage with faculty, staff, and students who are creating incredible and important work that not only impacts San Francisco, but the world.”
Howse is a graduate of Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, where he majored in music. . He holds a master’s degree in vocal performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.