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President's Messages


Samuel Hoi and Kerry Walk

Otis has a uniquely powerful educational approach and social vision, as well as a long tradition of partnering with diverse sectors to elevate the role of artists and designers in Los Angeles and beyond. Today, an Otis education takes full advantage of the fact that L.A. and the College are both fertile grounds where cultural practices, social engagement, and the creative economy converge, resulting in new ideas and approaches that address the emerging needs of our time and lead to a better future.

As I look back on my fourteen years as president of this great institution, I feel extremely honored to have helped shape Otis, in partnership with the gifted and dedicated boards, faculty and staff. Above all, I feel privileged to have participated in the transformative education of our students, who blossom into achieving alumni, and develop creative practices that reward them and benefit the world. Otis’ imprint on the L.A. region and across the globe can be seen in success stories that show the impact of our alumni, students, and their faculty mentors.

When I depart at the end of this academic year, I will do so with an optimistic outlook on Otis’ future. The College’s educational and social mission has never been more clearly articulated and manifested. The reimagined curriculum strengthens student learning and success. Exciting plans are in place to expand campus facilities that will transform Otis into a residential college. There is great momentum that will take the College to new heights. I cannot imagine a better interim president than Provost Dr. Kerry Walk to lead the great Otis team into its next phase of service and success.

I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have served the College since 2000. As I bid farewell, I know that I will be continually inspired by the extraordinary talent and spirit of the Otis community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and board members. Otis will always be in my heart.


Samuel Hoi, President