In cooperation with the Deans of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, the Dean of Academic Affairs coordinates the hiring of full-time and adjunct faculty in accordance with HR procedures, oversees faculty reappointment with promotion, and plans New Faculty Orientation. The Dean of Academic Affairs oversees the systematic application of the CCS assessment process, confirms compliance with applicable accreditation standards for all programs, and serves as ex officio on faculty-led committees. The Dean supervises the Director of Academic Research and the Director of Libraries.
The Academic Deans, consisting of the Dean of Academic Affairs, Dean of Graduate Studies, and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, are responsible for the conduct, supervision, and development of all academic programs and initiatives, and for ensuring academic quality and compliance with accreditation guidelines and standards. The three Academic Deans work together to promote and encourage faculty professional development, interdisciplinary learning, integration of new technologies, and partnerships with varied outside organizations. The Deans enhance the College’s reputation by serving as representatives for the institution locally, nationally, and internationally and advocating for the value of art and design to society. The Dean of Graduate Studies serves as the College’s Chief Academic Officer (CAO). The CAO is the senior academic administrator at the institution and acts as the academic liaison between AICAD, MICU, NC-SARA, and CCS.
Vice President for Strategy and Communications
The Vice President of Strategy and Communications evaluates the College’s strategic positioning and advances initiatives and partnerships to ensure the College’s long-term adaptability and relevance in the face of changing social and economic conditions. In addition to supporting the development and implementation of CCS’s strategic plan, the Vice President supervises CCS’s external-facing offices, including Community Arts Partnership, Design Core Detroit, Marketing and Communications, and Office of Partnerships. Ultimately, the Vice President is responsible for stewarding and advancing CCS’s brand.
Assistant Dean for Institutional Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer
Reporting to the President, the Assistant Dean for Institutional Equity and Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer is responsible for advancing a diverse and equitable campus culture and oversees diversity, equity and inclusion efforts which guide campus-wide decisions, practices and policies. In addition, the Assistant Dean for Institutional Equity and Inclusion is responsible for administering the Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct, including Title IX, and its implementing procedures.
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
The Vice President for Institutional Advancement works collaboratively with stakeholders throughout the College and is responsible for augmenting the College’s financial resources through philanthropy as well as engaging the alumni community. The Vice President works closely with the Board of Trustees, President, Office of Partnerships, Department Chairs, Faculty and other colleagues in support of fundraising. Functions reporting to the Vice President include annual giving, major and planned giving, foundation relations, and alumni relations. The Vice President also supervises the Kresge Arts in Detroit program.
Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services
The Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services is responsible for the College’s efforts to provide excellent student services, and to recruit, enroll, and retain undergraduate, graduate, and Pre-College and Continuing Studies students. The Vice President supervises the offices of Academic Advising and Registration, Undergraduate Admissions, Graduate Admissions, Recruitment Services, Financial Aid, Student Affairs, International Student Services and Pre-College and Continuing Studies.
In addition, the Vice President prepares enrollment and retention reports, completes all required Federal and State reports, as well as various accreditation and third-party surveys.
Vice President for Administration and Finance
The Vice President for Administration and Finance is responsible for the day-to-day financial and administrative operations of the College and oversees the offices of Business Services, Human Resources, Campus Safety
The Provost, Chief Academic Officer, and the Academic Deans
The Provost, along with the Academic Deans, consisting of the Dean of Academic Affairs, Dean of Graduate Studies, and Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies, are responsible for the conduct, supervision and development of all academic programs and initiatives, and for ensuring academic quality and compliance with accreditation guidelines and standards. The Provost and the three Academic Deans work together to promote and encourage faculty professional development, interdisciplinary learning, integration of new technologies, and partnerships with varied outside organizations. The Deans enhance the College’s reputation by serving as representatives for the institution locally, nationally, and internationally and advocating for the value of art and design to society. The Provost serves as the College’s Chief Academic Officer (CAO). The CAO is the senior academic administrator at the institution and acts as the academic liaison between AICAD, MICU, NC-SARA, and CCS.
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is the legal governing body of the College for Creative Studies and its final institutional authority. The Board’s responsibilities include policy-making, stewardship of the institution’s financial and physical resources, appointment and supervision of the institution’s chief executive officer, long-range planning, and representation of the institution to external communities. It delegates day-to-day management of the institution to the President.
The full Board ordinarily meets four times a year. Much of the Board’s work is conducted through its committees, which include the Executive; Education; Facilities; Finance and Audit; Investment; Advancement; and Nominating Committees. The Executive Committee meets about five times a year, and the other committees meet two to four times each year.
The faculty of the College participate in the governance of the College through the Faculty Assembly and its committees. The faculty play a central role in developing curriculum and academic policies, in setting standards of excellence, and in maintaining the quality of a CCS education. The Faculty Assembly is the principal vehicle through which the faculty fulfill this role. While the Faculty Assembly cannot by its decisions bind the administration or Board of Trustees, the administration and Board accord great respect to the Assembly and seek to cooperate with it in all areas affecting the well-being of the College. The Faculty Assembly operates according to the Faculty Assembly By-laws and through a set of committees. The By-Laws and committee guidelines are posted on the Academic Affairs Campus Offices page.