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Kent State University School of Fashion Design and Merchandising Announces New Director (05/29/2009)

The Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising at Kent State University has named J.R. Campbell as its new director.  Campbell, will succeed Elizabeth Rhodes, who is retiring as director after 15 years of service. Campbell will join Kent State on July 1, 2009.JR_headshotforKent

“After meeting J.R. Campbell , the committee felt confident his experience would continue and enhance  Dr. Rhodes’ forward vision of continuing to build an international prominence for the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising,” said interim Dean of the College of the Arts, Dr. John R. Crawford.  

For the past four years, Campbell has been directing research and coordinating the running of the Centre for Advanced Textiles (CAT) at The Glasgow School of Art in the United Kingdom.  Prior to joining CAT, Campbell served as a professor at Iowa State University in the textiles and clothing program. 

Campbell has received eight awards for his wearable, digital, textile art in regional, national and international exhibitions. One of those awards was the “Lectra Design Award,” the top award for the International Textile and Apparel Association’s Annual Juried Design Exhibition.

Campbell graduated from the University of California at Davis with both a bachelor’s degree in environmental design with an emphasis in visual communication and textile arts in 1994 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in textile arts and costume design in 1996.

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