Celebrated Education Leaders Take the Helm of Communications Arts School

Brooks Institute, the California-based school for students pursuing careers in the visual, new media, and communication arts, has announced Edward Clift as president and Victoria Liptak as provost.

This news comes after Brooks’ acquisition by gphomestay, the leader in enhancing international education opportunities for students, in June.

“The gphomestay and Brooks community is very excited to welcome such highly regarded education leaders to work with our already exceptional faculty and staff,” said Christine Lin, Founder and President of gphomestay. “Eddie and Vic’s commitment to a student-centered educational experience is at the heart of Brooks’ mission and I look forward to Brooks’ continued advancement under their leadership.”

“I’m thrilled and humbled to be named president of Brooks Institute,” said Edward Clift. “Our society is at the forefront of redefining the creative industry worldwide and I am excited to join Brooks as we continue our long history of preparing students for dynamic and thriving careers. I look forward to working alongside gphomestay as we build upon Brooks’ decades of success.”

Prior to joining Brooks, Clift served as Founding Dean of the School of Media, Culture, and Design at Woodbury University in Burbank, CA where he led the division in preparing students for successful careers as creative professionals. He holds a doctorate in communication studies from the University of Utah and a master’s degree from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also earned a master of fine arts

(MFA) in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Clift is nephew of four-time Academy Award Nominee Montgomery Clift.

“It’s a great honor to join Brooks Institute as its new provost,” said Victoria Liptak. “I’m eager to work with Brooks’ distinguished and innovative faculty as we continue to provide our students with the critical skills and education experiences they need for our evolving economy. I look

forward to helping lead Brooks as we become an integral part of the Ventura community and work to strengthen the creative industry of Southern California and beyond.”

Liptak previously served as Chief Academic Officer and Interim Dean of Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Liptak has a bachelor of arts in Linguistics from UC Santa Cruz and a Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.

About Brooks Institute

Brooks Institute celebrates 70 years of educating students in the visual and media arts. Based in Ventura, CA, Brooks offers bachelor’s degrees in fields including Professional Photography, Graphic Design, Film and Visual Journalism, a Master of Science in Scientific and Technological Imaging and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography. The school is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). ACICS is a national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. For more information about Brooks Institute and the school’s programs, visit or call 805-585-8000.


About gphomestay

Gphomestay is an educational solutions provider that offers on-the-ground support for international student programs at high schools and colleges across America. In collaboration with its over 200 partner schools, gphomestay is committed to connecting ambitious international students with dedicated American host families to enhance students’ holistic educational experience. Since its founding in 2011, gphomestay’s worldwide network has helped hundreds of students from around the globe gain a unique and rewarding educational experience.  Gphomestay is a Council on Standards for International Travel (CSIET) approved organization. To learn more about gphomestay, visit



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