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.”
The Imre Molnar Endowment Fund has been established at the College for Creative Studies to ensure that there will be a permanent memorial to Imre at CCS. Click here for more information and to make a donation.