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Dean Vernon joined the College of Design in 2015.

Under her leadership, she has spearheaded the following initiatives for the College:

The College of Design held its first college-wide design charrette in preparation for the new Workshop Café in Pence Hall, completed October 2018. This was in association with the upgrade in the Fabrication Lab, that included a CNC production router and robotic arm. All students participated on an interdisciplinary team to come up with design ideas for the space, which has now been completed.

Development of the College of Design Strategic Plan | Design 2021

Complete and transparent redesign of the College’s budget system.

Development and publication of 38°84, the new College narrative magazine, which has become a cornerstone for philanthropy and recruitment.

Inclusion By Design: College-wide annual event focused on diversity and inclusion, featuring minority speakers, panelists and alumni from our disciplines.

Press conference with President Eli Capilouto and Mayor Greg Fischer announcing launch of our first satellite studio, Studio Louisville.

Successful launch of the Master of Science in Urban and Environmental Design (MUED), in conjunction with the film premiere of Land Grab, featuring Marshall Brown and John Hantz.

The creation of the Director of Design Technology position.

The approval to adapt and remodel the Reynolds Building as the new home for the College.

Development and launch of the Product Design program, the first undergraduate degree of its kind in Kentucky.


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Dean Vernon in the unfiltered and pre-transformed Reynolds Building, Fall 2018. Photo by Shaun Ring.