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Art School President Calls it Quits 15-Months Early

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Art Center College of Design President Richard Koshalek, whose contract ending in 2009 was not renewed earlier this summer, left the high-profile art school today. The school will not comment on the situation beyond a statement with the usual he-was-great and we-wish-him-luck statements. It was in June when the board decided not renew is contract. Some speculate that it was over $50-million price tag for a Frank Gehry designed research complex that students were upset over ("what about our pricey tuitions?") and others point to the direction of the program and the lack of quality with the non-commerical work coming out of the school.