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After 25 years, president of Lancaster college to retire

Mary Colleen Heil is stepping down next year as president of Pennsylvania College of Art & Design in Lancaster. - (Photo / Submitted)

The long-time president of Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, who has led the school to a more visible role in the Lancaster community, said she plans to retire this coming June.

Mary Colleen Heil will step down in June 2018, the downtown Lancaster school said Thursday.

Under Heil, the college grew from a little-known 10-year old diploma-granting art school to a nationally known four-year professional art college, the college noted in a statement.

It also has boosted its enrollment by 22 percent, and launched new branding efforts, a new digital media degree and student housing, the school noted. It also has expanded its facility several times, adding such things as a technology center and an open space across Prince Street from the main school building for use as an “Art Garden.”

Heil, who joined PCA&D as president in 1993, made the announcement at the school’s annual fall convocation on Thursday.

“I love my work with the PCA&D community. Not many people have had the chance to build an agile, relevant art college from the ground up. I’ve watched a generation of artists and designers launch careers here,” she said in a statement.

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