It is with deep sadness that the College for Creative Studies announces the passing of Imre Molnar, our Provost, who died on Dec. 28, 2012 of a heart attack while bike riding in California.
Molnar served as the College’s chief academic officer for eleven years, first as Dean of the College and more recently as Provost. He oversaw the College’s faculty, curriculum, and academic resources. He led the development of new degree and educational programs and was vital in the creation of the College’s first Master of Fine Arts programs. In addition, Molnar’s experience and relationships with the global automotive industry gave him unique insights into the evolving world of automotive design and helped propel CCS’s Transportation Design degree programs to a world leadership position. He was an admired figure in the design community and a frequent speaker at design conferences and universities around the world.
Molnar brought a diverse international perspective to the academic activities of the College. Born in Hungary and raised in Australia, he joined CCS in 2001. He previously served as Design Director for Patagonia, the outdoor clothing manufacturer, and as Director of Operations at the renowned design consulting firm Hauser Inc. He also had a long association with the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, as faculty member, administrator and graduate student, including service as Director of Education at the school’s campus in Vevey, Switzerland. He also served as the Field Officer/New South Wales Director of the Industrial Design Council of Australia – Sydney. Molnar earned a Bachelors degree from the National Art School in Sydney, Australia and Masters degree from Art Center College of Design.
Richard L. Rogers, President of the College for Creative Studies, commented in a message to Trustees, faculty and staff, “Imre Molnar has been a remarkable leader whose accomplishments in his eleven years at the College are huge. For me, it was a personal privilege and pleasure to have worked so closely with him. I admired his values, his intelligence, his talent, his determination, and his passionate devotion to his family and the College. He leaves a great void, and we will miss him terribly. Let us go forward in reflection on his many contributions to CCS and the Detroit community and in sympathy with his wife Felicia and children Isabelle and Max.”