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Cornish College of the Arts Commenced its First African American President


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Oct 12, 2018

Raymond Tymas-Jones made history when he was instituted as the First African American president, at Cornish College of the Arts.

During his installation ceremony, Raymond Tymas-Jones expressed that music was the cornerstone, in anchoring his consciousness of becoming aware of who he is. And his affiliation with family and etc. through music.

"Very early on in my life, music became the vehicle of personal awareness, as well as a greater sense of being connected with my family and community."

Raymond Tymas-Jones factored in his upbringing and his parents instilling in him: tenacious values, the appreciation of music and being a puzzle piece to a bigger picture which brings fulfillment in one's life.

"I have the good fortune of being the product of parents who instilled in all of their children an appreciation of music and the arts, a love of community, strong personal values, and a belief that in order to have a fulfilling life, being in service to something larger than oneself is essential."

Tymas-Jones also added, his background is what led to his historical accomplishment.

"To becoming the first generation college graduate in my family, and consequently pursue a career in the arts grounded in music."

Raymond Tymas-Jones has an extensive resume and a thirty year experience in higher education. He was the former vice president for arts last year, at the Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah. Early in April of this year, when the appointment of Raymond Tymas-Jones was announced, he expressed gratitude.

"I am extremely honored to have the opportunity to join the Cornish College of the Arts’ community as its next President."

And his aim of seeing everybody at Cornish College transcend in their impassioned goals.

"The legacy of Cornish College as a progressive institution, dedicated to preparing artists to fully participate in society as citizens of innovation and creativity, continues. My goal is to ensure that Cornish’s faculty, staff, and students thrive and excel as artists, innovators, and creatives for the express purpose of impacting the artistic and cultural communities of Seattle and beyond."

Raymond Tymas-Jones is currently fulfilling his historical role and paving the way for the next generation.



Reference of Article: Cornish College of Arts