Woodbury University in Los Angeles has named Sue Vessella its new Dean of the School of Media, Culture & Design, which houses eight educational programs including animation and game design. Vessella, a distinguished educator, administrator and award-winning designer, has been part of the university for more than 25 years.
“Sue has overseen the growth of MCD since her interim appointment in July 2015, with three of its undergraduate programs now ranked in the top 25 colleges and universities nationwide,” said Randy Stauffer, SVP of Academic Affairs. “She’s been an energetic, inspirational leader of the School, and has the vision to cultivate innovative learning opportunities in an interdisciplinary environment.”
Vessella previous served as Associate Dean of MCD, Chair of the Graphic Design department, and Director of Educational Effectiveness and Assessment for the university. A published author in the area of design education, she has lectured at both international and national design, educational and administrative conferences, and leveraged her education and information design backgrounds to develop the AssessAbility system. She has taught courses as a professor of Graphic Design ranging from Typography and Color Theory, to Package Design and Professional Practice.
Specializing in corporate identity systems and information design, Vessella also has a background in advertising, identity design, and environmental graphics, and has designed promotional material for numerous companies including NBC Sports, The Los Angeles Zoo, Orion Pictures, Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games, The City of Beverly Hills, Caesar’s Palace and Casino, and multiple entertainment companies. She has been a Creative Director for national companies, working in the area of identity design and restaurant merchandising.
“I am truly honored by this appointment and look forward to working with my distinguished colleagues in advancing the University’s mission, creating enriching opportunities for the School of Media, Culture & Design, and supporting our students in reaching their full potential in the global community,” Vessella said.
Learn more about the school at https://woodbury.edu/program/school-of-media-culture-design.