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“My fellow Board members and I are prepared for this important moment in our history and look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead. Collectively we will meet RISD’s full promise and potential as the world’s preeminent higher education institution of art and design.”

- Michael Spalter, Board of Trustees Chair


Rhode Island School of Design has launched an international search for its 18th president. A core search committee co-chaired by four members of the Board of Trustees is leading the search, with each member bringing unique perspectives as artists, designers, business leaders and RISD alumni and parents. The committee will be supported by a search firm along with advisory groups representing key stakeholders. The co-chairs are committed to ensuring this group embodies, and is informed by, the breadth and diversity of the extraordinary global RISD community.

The Board of Trustees welcomes active participation from all members of the community in this critical process. Please check back often to stay informed of the latest updates on this search, and nominate candidates you believe would be best suited to lead RISD into the future.

Search Committee

Board of Trustee members Hillary Blumberg 92 FAV, Ilene Chaiken 79 GD/P 18, Karen Hammond and Tavares Strachan 03 GL will serve as co-chairs of the presidential search committee. Each co-chair will bring their unique perspectives to the process as artists and changemakers and is deeply involved in the RISD community. In the coming weeks, this group will identify additional members to complete the search committee along with other advisory groups representing key stakeholders. They also will engage in a broad “listening tour” to gather additional perspectives from across RISD’s community.


RISD welcomes community involvement in this process. Inquiries or suggestions may be submitted to As the process progresses we will also invite nominations of potential candidates.