We are delighted to announce on behalf of the Board of Trustees, that Will Woods has been appointed the new Principal & Chief Executive Officer for Open College of the Arts.
Will is currently Head of Strategic Planning and Policy at the Open University where he has worked for over 20 years in a variety of positions. Will is passionate about social mobility and distance education and he has a background in arts. He has led many innovation projects for the OU involving creative arts and pioneered the use of computers in arts foundation degree courses in the 1990’s which were the first of their type to provide, at scale, arts students with arts based internet related activities as part of their studies.
Throughout the interview process Will impressed Head Office staff, Programme Leaders and Trustees. He commented ‘I feel excited and honoured to be joining this organisation with such a powerful social mission to increase access to arts education through distance learning, which is something I am equally passionate about. I am looking forward to getting started and building on the success of my predecessor.’
Will will take up his position as Designate Principal on the 18 September which will allow a two week hand over period before Gareth Dent retires at the end of September.