SCAD’s Paula Wallace Relays Insights From a Career in Education

Paula Wallace, the founder and president of the Savannah College of Art and Design, shares her advice on pursuing a career in design.

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For Paula Wallace, inspiration has always been found in the classroom. 

Wallace is the president and founder of the Savannah College of Art and Design, a private, nonprofit, accredited university. Wallace’s career as an elementary school teacher served as the motivation to create a “student-centered” comprehensive art and design university. She held the position of academic dean and provost of SCAD for 22 years and was appointed president of the university in 2000. Under her tenure, the university has more than doubled its enrollment from less than 5,000 students to more than 13,000. Today, the university has locations in Savannah and Atlanta; Lacoste, France, and Hong Kong, as well as eLearning.