Valencia, October 6, 2008--President of California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) Steven D. Lavine is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Carter as Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer effective November 3, 2008.
"Michael's experience managing complex IT systems and his understanding of the technology needs of artists is going to be critical for the next stage in the development of CalArts," said President Lavine. "We need to be certain that CalArts is managing its IT investments in a way that keeps us at the forefront of the arts and that prepares our students to thrive in a globally networked environment. Michael will be an advocate, a partner, and counselor in virtually every aspect of CalArts' work."
In this new position, Carter is responsible for the administration and utilization of administrative, web and network technologies--all in support of the artistic and educational goals and objectives of the Institute. Working closely with deans and program and school administrators, Carter will provide leadership in the implementation of integrated technology such as the development of innovative and effective IT services, programs and systems that support teaching, learning and scholarship in addition to assisting faculty in integrating technology into the curriculum.
"I am looking forward to the opportunity of raising CalArts' IT practices to a higher standard. Although there are many exceptional IT resources in place, I will focus on aligning our processes, policies and tools to benefit the students, faculty and staff of CalArts," Carter said. Carter comes to CalArts from American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles where he has served with distinction as Chief Technology Officer since 2000. Previously, he was Manager of Web Technology at Cedars Sinai Health System.
California Institute of the Arts is recognized internationally as a leading laboratory for the visual, performing, media and literary arts. Housing six schools--Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater--CalArts educates professional artists in an intensive learning environment founded on artmaking excellence, creative experimentation, cross-pollination among diverse artistic disciplines, and a broad context of social and cultural understanding. CalArts also operates the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex in downtown Los Angeles.