President Jean Dahlgren

President Jean Dahlgren


Jean Dahlgren became the third and first female president of Delaware College of Art and Design in August of 2018. Previously she served as dean of undergraduate programs at Sage College of Albany in Albany, N.Y.  

During her more than 30 years in higher education instruction and administration, President Dahlgren has developed expertise in growing a student body, creating dynamic curricula, and fostering strategic partnerships. She has spoken nationally and internationally on topics related to achieving excellence in art and design education. 


Since coming to DCAD, she has helped increase enrollment and completed a new strategic plan for the College. She oversaw the implementation of major technological infrastructure upgrades and curricular changes for all majors. She has developed new partnerships with other colleges, including new 2+2 programs with Pennsylvania College of Art and Design and Moore College of Art and Design, and a partnership with Goldey-Beacom College in Delaware. In 2019-2020, Dahlgren helped raise over $1 million dollars in grants and private funding for the College.  

In Wilmington, Dahlgren serves on the Board of Directors for Downtown Visions and Main Street America Wilmington. She is a member of the Wilmington Rotary Club, the National Art Education Association, and AIGA. She is a former board member of the Upstate New York Chapter of AIGA and is a former Question Leader with ETS/The College Board for AP Studio Art. 

President Dahlgren has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Marywood University in Scranton, P.A. and an M.A. from the State University of New York in Oswego, N.Y.  She has two daughters and lives in Wilmington with her partner Dennis and their dog.

President Jean Dahlgren poses for a picture inside of a gallery

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