Alan Dunlop mounts bid for Glasgow School of Art School chair
September 27 2021
Architect Alan Dunlop has mounted a bid to become chairman of the Glasgow School of Art on a reform ticket after claiming that the institution has 'lost respect'.
An alumnus and tutor at the school Dunlop is bidding to succeed Muriel Gray in the role of a lightning rod for those disillusioned by recent events; including two catastrophic fires and legal action lodged by a group of students contesting a failure to provide adequate tuition.
Speaking to The Herald Dunlop said: "I'm asking architects and other friends if they might support me, as I thought they'd like to see a 'distinguished' alumnus but also an architect, teacher and artist as chair. Raising a litany of complaints against the institution Dunlop continued:
"They take criticism as a personal insult, they're living off past reputation. They don't communicate. Their PR and messaging are terrible. They treat their students as cash cows and they don't listen to independent reports.
"They don't treat their neighbours with respect. There's no leadership. The building burnt down in 2018 after over 150 years of occupancy. Now they're facing legal action from the students. They've lost the respect of other schools. And they've dropped substantially in the university rankings."
A GSA spokesperson said the school had been in communication with Dunlop and offered to meet to discuss these issues but were declined.
To address these concerns Dunlop is assessing options to become chair of the board, promoting a radical change in direction for the organisation which has been helmed by Gray for the past eight years.
The GSA will initiate the process to hold an election for a new chair in the coming weeks.
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