The rector is the highest academic official in the Academy. He is in charge of the quality of all the processes in the Academy - academic work, creative work, research, also responsible for the financial situation of the Academy.
Rector is elected by the Constituent Assembly for a five-year term. One person can hold this post for a maximum of two consecutive terms. Candidates applying for the post have to be professors and hold the best credentials.
Rectors and their terms:
- Vilhelms Purvītis - founder and first rector of the Art academy of Latvia (1921 - 1934);
- Professor Jānis Kuga (1934 - 1940 and 1941 - 1944);
- Professor Oto Skulme (1940 - 1941 and 1944 - 1961);
- Professor Leo Svemps (1961 - 1974);
- Professor Edgars Iltners (1974 - 1975);
- Professor Valdis Dišlers (1975 - 1987);
- Professor Indulis Zariņš (1988 - 1997);
- Professor Jānis Andris Osis (1997 - 2007);
- Professor Aleksejs Naumovs (2007-2017);
- Professor Kristaps Zariņš (rector since 2017-present).
Pro-rectors are rectors' deputies taking care of specific questions. Like the rector, pro-rectors are elected for a five-year term. During the rector's absence one of the pro-rectors is taking care of supervising the Academy (according to the regulations).
Actual pro-rectors at the Academy:
- Prorector in Creative and Administrative work is painter, Professor Andris Vītoliņš. His competence is economic activities and creative processes at the Academy.
- Prorector in Study Work is Art historian, Director of Graduate studies Antra Priede.
The specifics of the post can be changed according to situation.