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Christopher Vaughan rifles through The Coast archives for a story about Peter Greenhalgh.

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Four years ago, The Coast ran a feature story about Paul Greenhalgh (“Class action,” January 11, 2001), who was just starting his tenure as president of NSCAD.

Hopes were high that Greenhalgh would be an enthusiastic and long-term president for the school, which had seen several people tackle the school’s top job over the previous decade.

He said he was looking forward to moving to Nova Scotia.

“It’s a beautiful empty space that can be sensitively culturally developed,” said Greenhalgh. “I’m keen to take part in that.”

He said he was excited to be heading the college, which he considered to be a leading art and craft institution.

“It’s a famous art school,” he said. “I came there for the first time 10 years ago, and I’ve wanted to move there ever since.”

Greenhalgh said he was eager to participate in as many facets of college life as possible.

“I expect to get into every aspect of college life,” said Greenhalgh. “I expect to teach and lecture too—shaping, melding, promoting.”

As the new president, he had a list of things he wanted to tackle. The first issue he felt should be addressed was the problem with the space the college occupied.

With its long-term lease at the present location, Greenhalgh said there wasn’t enough room for the college to expand physically, but he said he would look into other options.

The development of new programs was of interest to Greenhalgh as well. “NSCAD has a very powerful ceramics and jewellery reputation, but no glass,” said Greenhalgh. “ superb textile department, but no fashion. And, then, what about film and IT.’’

He also wanted to get the word out about the school. “Increasing the cultural role of the college within Nova Scotia and Canada is key,” he said. “And I’m keen to develop the school’s international profile.”

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