Leadership Bios

CalArts' President and Provost work in conjunction with the Institute's Board of Trustees, CalArts’ governing board.


President Ravi S. Rajan

Ravi S. Rajan is the newly appointed president of the California Institute of the Arts, and is the 4th president in the Institute’s history. A highly regarded artist and musician whose work reaches across disciplines, Ravi is also an accomplished teacher and academic administrator with a reputation for innovative and visionary leadership.

Before CalArts, Ravi worked at Purchase College, State University of New York (SUNY Purchase) in a number of administrative roles, including as Director of Art+Design, and culminating with his service as Dean of the School of the Arts. Prior to Purchase, he taught students from kindergarten through university at various institutions and worked with Nobel Prize-winning scientists on multimedia projects at The Rockefeller University.

Ravi has degrees from Yale University and the University of Oklahoma and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (UK) in 2010. He is on the board of the Asian American Arts Alliance, and recently served as a member of the Tony Awards Nominating Committee. He is involved in various service organizations for the arts, diversity, and higher education worldwide. He is married to Lucy Tucker Yates, a renowned opera vocal and diction coach, and they have two young sons, ages 4 and 7.

Provost Jeannene Przyblyski

Dr. Przyblyski has served as Provost of CalArts since 2012. Previously, she served as Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) and was a tenured faculty member of SFAI’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies from 2004-2012. She was also an artist/consultant for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and served on the Board and Advisory Council of the San Francisco Planning and Research Association (SPUR), and the San Francisco Arts Commission, where she chaired the Visual Arts Committee, and served on the Civic Design Review and Executive Committees. Dr. Przyblyski holds a PhD in the History of Art with a specialization in 19th and 20th Century Photography and an MA in the History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley.