Campus center named for President Thompson during 85th Anniversary Celebration
Ringling College Announces the La DR. LARRY THOMPSON
n April 6, friends, supporters, faculty, and staff attending the Honor & Celebrate cocktail reception and dinner, a celebration of the 85th anniversary of Ringling College of Art and Design, were in for a surprise as the Ringling College Board of Trustees unveiled the new name of the central academic building as the Larry R. Thompson Academic Center.
President of Ringling College since 1998, Dr. Thompson has overseen rapid and revolutionary changes to the institution. Under his auspices, Ringling College has added new majors, built new facilities, and branched out into the community through satellite art centers and off-campus initiatives. This dedication will place him among the other Ringling College greats who enjoy a campus 8
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presence, including former presidents Verman Kimbrough (the previous library) and Arland F. Christ-Janer (the Illustration building and gallery). Remarks Cheryl Loeffler, President of the Ringling College Board of Trustees, â€œLarry has brought to life an institution that was just a small school and has elevated it to a growing and robust art and design college. Through his visionary leadership as President he has created a connection between the community, the country, and the world. For me, traveling down the pathway to preeminence with him will always be a cherished experience.â€? The timing was ideal as the College is celebrating its 85th anniversary and anticipating the opening of four new buildings on campus and in the community, including the Alfred R. Goldstein Library, the Richard and Barbara Basch Visual Arts Center, a professional soundstage and post-production complex, and the new South Campus, soon-to-be-home to the Sarasota Museum of Art and the Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy.
Parents Newsletter April 2016