About Presidential Search

July 19 2021 Update

Presidential Search Update

Dear RISD Community,

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I thank you for the astonishing amount of effort you expended over the last year and a half to keep our community safe, engaged, and active.  I hope that this summer you’ve had an opportunity to relax, refresh, and reflect on all that was accomplished.  

Today I am pleased to provide you with an update on our search for RISD’s 18th president.  Throughout the spring and early summer, the search consultants worked to build a robust candidate pool that included an impressively wide range of talented professionals from around the globe. They then narrowed the pool to a very strong group of candidates and presented them to the search committee last week.  

The committee met at length to consider each applicant and identified a group of highly-qualified candidates to advance to the next step in the process.  Interviews with these individuals will be conducted virtually later this month and, ultimately, a select group of candidates will be invited to participate in further interviews, likely in late August to early September.

We thank the search committee for their diligence, effort, and commitment to identifying the best candidate to lead RISD into the future, focused first and foremost on our extraordinary students. 

As the search continues and the campus prepares to hopefully reopen for near normal operations in the fall, we are grateful to have Interim President Dave Proulx and the management team leading RISD through this period of transition and transformation.  Dave has proven himself an adept leader with a strong vision and a commitment to the students, faculty and staff of our cherished institution, and we thank him for being at the helm at this critical juncture. 

Looking ahead to the coming academic year, I am confident that we are ready to face the challenges that will inevitably arise and navigate a return to near normal.  We can’t wait to be back on campus with you this fall.  

In art + design,

Michael Spalter
Chair | Board of Trustees