The International Academy of Design & Technology Seattle Announces Khaled Sakalla, President
May 10, 2010
SEATTLE (May 10, 2010) – The International Academy of Design & Technology (IADT) in Seattle is pleased to announce that Khaled Sakalla has been named president, effective April 22.
Sakalla is a seasoned professional with more than 20 years of progressive management experience, 15 of those being education. He began working in education as a computer drafting and design instructor for ITT Technical Institute in Knoxville, Tenn. Sakalla subsequently held a number of leadership positions there, culminating in his promotion to dean of academic affairs of the Nashville campus in 2000. He held this role until he joined the IADT-Nashville start-up team in 2004, as vice president of academic affairs.
"I first met Khaled in 2004 and was immediately impressed by how passionately he spoke about our students and faculty," said Tom McNamara, senior vice president, art and design schools at Career Education Corporation. "He has maintained that passion for his work and developed into an exceptional leader. I look forward to working closely with him in the coming months."
Sakalla was an integral part of the Nashville campus and his unrelenting commitment to serving students was crucial to its success. He was also active in the Nashville community, having been appointed by the Mayor of Nashville to serve as a commissioner with the Metro Nashville Human Relations Commission. Sakalla also served on the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Education Report Card committee from 2007 – 2010. The purpose of the Education Report Card Committee was to study the public school system in Nashville and to make recommendations to improve high school graduation rates and better prepare students for college.
"A college degree is a powerful tool for life. It never expires," said Sakalla. "My wife Mona and our five children are delighted to be part of the Seattle community and are eager to begin helping young adults achieve their dreams."
Khaled holds both a bachelor's and master's degree in engineering from the University of Tennessee.
About The International Academy of Design & Technology Seattle
The International Academy of Design & Technology provides educational programs that are designed to prepare students for professional opportunities and career success in select design and technology fields. The Seattle campus, which opened in 2004, offers a variety of Associate of Applied Science and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in fashion design, interior design, graphic production, digital media production, fashion merchandising and game production. Both credential levels are not available for all programs. IADT-Seattle is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award associate's degrees and bachelor's degrees. IADT-Seattle does not guarantee employment or salary and is a member of the Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO) network of universities, colleges and schools. For more information on IADT-Seattle visit www.iadtseattle.com.