Los Angeles, August 17, 2008—President of California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) Steven D. Lavine is pleased to announce the appointment of William Schaeffer as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
“William Schaeffer brings significant financial expertise to CalArts,” said President Lavine. “With his valuable skills in managing finance, budget, audit, information technology and risk management issues in addition to over 20 years experience developing business procedures, he offers essential contributions to CalArts’ continuing leadership in arts education. Bill is going to help ensure that we use our available resources to the maximum benefit of our students, faculty and staff."
In this new position, Schaeffer will oversee ongoing financial and administrative campus operations and long and short-term resources planning, and will participate in strategic planning—all in support of the artistic and educational goals and objectives of the Institute. Serving as a business partner and advisor to CalArts’ academic leadership, including the deans of the schools, Schaeffer will align the Institute’s budget planning processes with its artistic and educational program objectives and help to implement strategic resource management plans to meet present and future needs.
Schaeffer comes to CalArts from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon where he has served with distinction as Associate Vice President of Finance since 2001. Previously, he was Director of Finance/Controller of Oregon Public Broadcasting, Chief Financial Officer of CrystaLake Multimedia, Inc., and Chief Financial Officer of Metropolitan Family Service.
The nation's first art institute to offer BFA and MFA degrees in both the visual and performing arts, CalArts is dedicated to training and nurturing the next generation of professional artists, fostering innovation within the broadest context possible. Emphasis is placed on new and experimental work and students are accepted solely on the basis of artistic ability. To encourage experimentation, CalArts' six schools--Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater--are all housed under one roof in a five-story building with the equivalent of 11 acres of square footage in Valencia, California, 30 minutes north of downtown Los Angeles.