Emily Carr Names The Jake Kerr Faculty of Graduate Studies


By Sue Lavitt

Posted on October 01, 2015 | Updated August 06, 2019, 9:05AM

As part of our 90th anniversary celebrations, we're proud to announce this naming in honour of our Founding Chancellor.

In celebration of our 90th anniversary, Emily Carr University of Art + Design is pleased to announce the naming of The Faculty of Graduate Studies in honour of our Founding Chancellor Jake Kerr.

The naming of The Jake Kerr Faculty of Graduate Studies recognizes Mr. Kerr’s endless support, legacy of leadership and significant financial contribution to the new campus project slated for completion in 2017.

The Jake Kerr Faculty of Graduate Studies offers world-class interdisciplinary programs in design, media and visual arts, and unique research opportunities, attracting exceptional students from around the world. Just a few of the impressive graduate studies alumni include visual artists Brenda Draney and Luke Parnell; Interaction Designer Adam Cristobal; Associate Professor at Emily Carr, Hélène Day Fraser; award winning designer, Katherine Soucie and Emmy award winning filmmaker Jason DaSilva.

“I have always had the same goal in mind: to make a positive difference in our community,” said Kerr. “At Emily Carr, I have had the opportunity to be directly involved in many projects including the establishment of the new campus. I am humbled and honoured by the naming of a faculty that supports graduates making an impact here in BC, and around the world.”

“Jake Kerr is an inspiring leader,” stated Dr. Ron Burnett, President + Vice-Chancellor, Emily Carr University of Art + Design. He has been an important first Chancellor for Emily Carr and his influence will be felt for decades to come.”

Today is the day Emily Carr University first opened its doors to students ninety years ago in 1925. The University is celebrating this milestone with the naming of The Jake Kerr Faculty of Graduate Studies, as well as the installation ceremony of incoming Chancellor Geoff Plant. Ongoing community celebrations include an Emily Carr themed PechaKucha Night Vancouver at the Vogue Theatre October 16, and our Alumni Art Market on October 17 & 18, 2015.

The Jake Kerr Faculty of Graduate Studies honours Emily Carr's first Chancellor