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Kern Maass

Dean, College of Music + Fine Arts


M.F.A., Savannah College of Art & Design

B.F.A., Savannah College of Art & Design


  • College of Music and Media


Kern Maass brings over 15 years of leadership experience to Loyola.  In his former role as the Associate Dean for the College of Fine & Applied Arts at Appalachian State University, Maass oversaw over 3,000 students and 200 faculty as they related to curricular, advising, and resource needs.  Other leadership roles have dealt with program development, curriculum, policy, assessment, intellectual property, industry partnerships, and accreditation, which have given him a unique perspective on how to position and leverage creative practice in multiple contexts.  Most recently Maass has developed and led two such projects, AppLab and Howard Street. These projects were created to break down silos, enable interdisciplinary research opportunities for faculty and students, and engage the community.

Beyond higher education, Maass founded his own furniture design business in 2001 which led to exhibition of his work both nationally and internationally. He has also served as the president of the Furniture Society, been on the board of directors of the Bienenstock Furniture Library, and was vice-chair of the furniture section of the Industrial Designers Society of America.  Maass’ passion is to solve problems and create organizational buy-in for “Design Thinking” by decoding, communicating, and using the process in day-to-day practice.