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The Academy of Art University gets referred to snidely sometimes as a real estate empire in the guise of an art school. If there's anyone to thank for that, it's probably president Elisa Stephens, who shepherded the institution from 2,300 students in 1992 to around 16,300 today. There's a lot more cute stuff in this profile of the president, including how she's a texting addict and likes to buy five of the same phone at a time, but this is probably of most interest: "According to Stephens ... the university is not trying to expand only for the sake of growing. Responding to the needs of an artist's education in a world in which their services are ever-changing and increasingly necessary is the main goal of the university." There you have it. [SF Examiner]