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Interlochen Adds VP of Educational Programs

July 26, 2008

By Lindsay Vanhulle, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich.

Jul. 26–INTERLOCHEN — A new administrative position has been created at Interlochen Center for the Arts, in part a response to a five-year pattern of growth and anticipated future expansion.

Edward Farraday, a former administrator at Miami Country Day School in Florida, is the new vice president of educational programs at Interlochen, a position that will work with staff and students at both the boarding high school and summer arts camp.

Farraday will take over some of the duties previously held by Tim Wade, now the school’s vice president of student affairs.

“This is a growth initiative,” said Interlochen President Jeffrey Kimpton, who started during the 2003-04 school year. “We’ve grown significantly during that period of time, so I think we kind of outgrew the staffing structure as it were.”

Farraday could not be reached for comment Friday.

Academy enrollment has increased from 455 in 2003 to 483 this past school year, with camp figures climbing 26 percent since 2004 — from 2,007 students in 2004 to 2,527 this year — according to counts provided by a school spokesman.

Interlochen has continued to add programs during Kimpton’s tenure, including a motion picture arts program. It’s also preparing to open a new visual arts building this fall, and introduced creative writing classes for its youngest students during camp.

New programming often leads to additional students, and the extra needs created with more students enrolled led to the new position, Kimpton said.

Farraday largely will work with faculty and staff in both arts and academic areas, curriculum issues, libraries and technology, Kimpton said. Wade will take over such areas as residence life, student activities, counseling and health services.

Farraday was selected this past winter from a national search that yielded 78 applicants and six finalists. He began at Interlochen after the school year ended in Florida.

“Ted was a very strong candidate,” Kimpton said. “There was a wonderful sense of synergy between Ted and his vision and the needs of this program.”

Before coming to Interlochen, Farraday also was an administrator at schools in Massachusetts and Louisiana.

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