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If rumors are to be believed, a dream team will be taking the helm at the San Francisco Art Institute following last week’s resignation of President Ella King Torrey. The talk is that Lorne Buchman, who led the California College of Arts and Crafts through a major growth spurt, will become CEO and Dean Larry Thomas, who had been scheduled to retire, will continue at the school as Acting President. Both men are highly regarded; a collective sigh of relief may be heard echoing through the school where nerves have been on edge following reports that budget difficulties led to Torrey’s resignation. Watch for an upcoming story by Jesse Hamlin in the San Francisco Chronicle for details on the changeover.

- Meredith Tromble [Saturday, April 13th, 2002]

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