Scott Carnz, Ed.D. has worked in higher education for nearly 25 years. He teaches courses in various design disciplines, as well as in leadership and management. Before becoming Provost of City University of Seattle in 2019, he served as the Dean of Academic Affairs at The Art Institute of Seattle for 8 years, where he had previously served as Associate Dean and Faculty. Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts from The Evergreen State College in which he studied intersections of art and science, completing a thesis on the geometry of Gothic cathedrals in France. His Master of Arts degree in Whole Systems design is from Antioch University, focusing on design theory and cybernetics and the role of epistemology in experiential design. Scott earned a Doctorate in Education with an emphasis in leadership from Argosy University. His dissertation focused on the impact of student credit loads on student success in college and data-driven decision making in higher education administration.
Before working in higher education, Scott was a graphic designer specializing in arts promotion, publication design and typography. Scott combined these talents and loves to become a magazine publisher for two years before transitioning into higher education full time.
Scott serves as a peer evaluator for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. He also has worked as an organizational training and development consultant, working with organizations to design, implement and assess training and development programs that support the organization’s strategic goals and assist in creating a culture of learning that drives ongoing employee development and competency.
In addition to his professional work, Scott has worked with a variety of non-profit boards in the Seattle area including the Greater Seattle Business Association, Theater Schmeater, AIGA Seattle, Three Dollar Bill Cinema, Fashion First, Inspire Youth Project and the Washington State FCCLA. Scott also works as a benefit and charity auctioneer, helping non-profits raise money to assist in their mission fulfillment.