Pamela Jordan, Head of School at the Chicago Academy for the Arts will become the next President of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation. Jordan will begin at Idyllwild Arts in July 2014.
“I am thrilled that Pamela has accepted the position of President. IAF is a marvelous institution with a legacy of commitment to creativity and with an equally remarkable future at the forefront of arts education for all ages,” said Board Chair Faith Raiguel in her letter announcing Jordan’s appointment. “… She brings rich experience and a history of visionary leadership that is uniquely suited to ensure the academy and summer program thrive and continue to fulfill the IAF mission.”
Jordan has a Bachelor of Music degree from Phillips University and a Master of Arts Education from Northeastern Illinois University. With more than 23 years of experience at t Chicago Academy of the Arts, Jordan has served that institution in various capacities, and has been the Head of School for the past 11 years. She also holds leadership positions in a number of regional and national independent school organizations.
“I am passionate about arts education and very excited about the opportunity to work with the talented faculty and staff of Idyllwild Arts.” Jordan said in the IA press release. “I am a firm believer in the mission of Idyllwild Arts and I look forward to working with the Board, Faculty and Staff of Idyllwild Arts as we build upon the strong reputation of this remarkable institution.”
Jordan will have the responsibility of overseeing the Academy, one of only three independent boarding high schools for the arts in the United States and its 64-year-old Summer Program, which annually reaches nearly 2000 participants of all ages who are seeking intensive arts experiences.