Paula Wallace

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Paula Wallace

Paula Wallace is president and founder of the Savannah College of Art and Design, a private, nonprofit, accredited university for creative careers. Established in 1978, SCAD is the most comprehensive art and design university in the United States, with locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia; Lacoste, France; and Hong Kong; as well as an award-winning eLearning program.

Wallace served as academic dean and provost of SCAD for twenty-two years and has served as president of the university since 2000. As president, she has led the university in unprecedented growth, more than doubling enrollment from fewer than five thousand students to more than twelve thousand. Wallace created and championed many of the university’s most popular annual events, including the Savannah Film Festival, SCAD deFINE ART, SCADstyle, the Sidewalk Arts Festival, and SCAD aTVfest.

As the university grows, Wallace continues to advance the SCAD legacy of historic preservation, which has been recognized with prestigious awards from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the International Coalition of Art Deco Societies, the American Society of Interior Designers, UNESCO, and the American Institute of Architects. The university’s interior design programs are highly ranked, with the SCAD undergraduate interior design program earning the top ranking from DesignIntelligence for five consecutive years.

Wallace has authored several children’s books and two interior design titles—Perfect Porches and A House in the South. Among many awards and honors, she has been named among the world’s “30 Most Admired Educators” by DesignIntelligence and “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, and was awarded the inaugural Elle Decor Vision Award. Wallace has been appointed a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French Embassy in the United States of America, and the Georgia Historical Society named her a 2015 Georgia Trustee. She currently serves on the National Advisory Board of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.

Wallace earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Furman University and Master of Education and Education Specialist degrees from Georgia State University. She also was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Gonzaga University. Wallace’s husband is Glenn, and her four children are Marisa, John Paul, Madison, and Trace.

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