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College of Santa Fe Welcomes More than 200 Returning Students, Announces Leadership Transition

Dr. Stuart Kirk Accepts New Role with Laureate Education, Laurence A. Hinz named Interim President of the College of Santa Fe, John Allen named Vice President for Academic Affairs


September 18, 2009 – Santa Fe, N.M. - When the College of Santa Fe (CSF) welcomes students for the fall 2009 semester it will also mark the 150th anniversary of the school’s charter. More than 200 students have enrolled for the fall semester, including 70 students for evening and weekend classes and more than 140 traditional students. Enrollment for traditional students remains open until the first day of classes, September 21, 2009.

This fall, students are enrolled in the college’s well-known programs including those in fine arts, graphic design, theater, moving image arts, photography, creative writing, business and education. Students can earn a bachelor’s degree as well as a Master of Arts in Education and an M.B.A. More than 32 CSF faculty members are returning to lead classes in each program, including David Scheinbaum, Steve Fitch, John Weckesser, Brad Wolfley, Hank Rogerson, Linda Swanson, David Grey, Gerry Snyder, Susan York, Carolyn Kastner, Matt Donovan and Mark Behr.

“When we talk about the things that make the College of Santa Fe special, we always start by talking about the faculty,” said Paula Singer, chief executive officer of the Laureate Higher Education Group. “Our faculty are among the best and the brightest in their fields. But they stand alone when it comes to commitment to their students. We are proud to have them here as we start a new school year.”

The college also announced that Laurence A. Hinz, senior vice president at Laureate Education, has been named interim president. Dr. Stuart Kirk, who served as president of the college for two years, has been appointed vice president of business and institutional development for Laureate’s U.S. campus-based operations. Both positions are effective October 1, 2009. The college also announced that John Allen, faculty member of the CSF film department, has been named vice president for Academic Affairs.

“Stuart Kirk worked tirelessly on behalf of the students, alumni, and faculty at the College of Santa Fe,” said Ms. Singer. “He was the champion of the traditions, the strengths and the future of the college. Thanks to his dedication, the doors of the college are open today.”

Mr. Hinz has worked closely with members of the college, local city government officials including Mayor David Coss and City Councilors, and community leaders in Santa Fe, as well as representatives from the office of New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and regulators on the plan that saved the college from closing.

“Larry’s leadership and vision for a vibrant future for the College of Santa Fe, its students, faculty, alumni and community, has been the guiding force behind our efforts to save the college during the past two years,” said Ms. Singer. “We are fortunate to have Larry at the helm, leading the college during this important time of rebuilding and growth.”

In his role as interim president, Mr. Hinz will lead the college’s growth into an international Center of Excellence in the teaching of the creative arts, music and film. Mr. Hinz will also be responsible for attracting a national and international student body to the campus, maintaining the college's high academic standards and building strong relationships with members of the local Santa Fe community.  

Prior to moving into the interim president role at the college, Mr. Hinz held several senior management positions with Laureate Education, including domestic and international higher education management. He managed Laureate’s University of Liverpool Online operation in Amsterdam and has led international expansion efforts for Walden University. Mr. Hinz earned his M.B.A. from University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business with a concentration in finance and public policy. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University with a double major in computer science and finance. Mr. Hinz serves on the Board of Directors of New School of Architecture and Design and has been active in raising money for cancer-related causes.

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