Happy Fernandez, a former member of City Council who ran for mayor in 1999, said Monday that she would step down after graduation in 2012 as president of Moore College of Art & Design. "It's been a good, long adventure and I've really enjoyed most of it," said Fernandez, 72. She became the 163-year-old institution's ninth president in 1999.
Moore, the nation's only arts college for women, inaugurated coeducational degree programs two years ago. Under Fernandez, it also built a graduate program and added undergraduate majors in curatorial studies, photography, and digital arts. Fernandez also led the college's first capital campaign, which raised $30 million.
Moore's board of managers will appoint a committee by the end of June to assist it in its search for a successor. The college expects to make an announcement next spring. - Stephan Salisbury