John Maeda

The Rhode Island School of Design has started conducting "preliminary interviews" in the search for a new president, a little more than a year after the departure of Johhn Maeda in December of 2013.

In a post on the university web site, RISD says the search committee has received nominations from nearly 100 faculty and other interested parties. University Board Chair Michael Spalter confirmed that the interview process has begun.

In an email to RISD faculty, Board Chair Michael Spalter has announced that the search for a new president is underway.

The board has appointed an 11-member search committee, which includes representatives from the RISD Museum, the faculty and the board of trustees.

The university has hired executive search firm Isaacson Miller to help with the search.

RISD's former President John Maeda stepped down unexpectedly in the middle of the academic year to take a venture capital job in Silicon Valley.

The Rhode Island School of Design has announced that Provost Rosanne Somerson will take over the duties of president while the board seeks a replacement for John Maeda.

Last Wednesday, Maeda announced that he will step down at the end of the semester to take a job at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

RISD Board Chair Michael Spalter says he is confident that Somerson is the right person to lead RISD through the transition.

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Outgoing Rhode Island School of Design President John Maeda addressed RISD's faculty on Wednesday, the day he released a surprise announcement that he is stepping down at the end of the semester. Many RISD professors expressed profound shock at the news, although Maeda was not popular with some professors.

As he prepares to step down, Rhode Island School of Design President John Maeda has been touting his record as a fundraiser. RISD has provided the following numbers to RIPR in support of his claim:

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