Roger Mandle

Roger Mandle is president and CEO of Roger Mandle Associates LLC, a consulting firm dedicated to assisting museums and universities in strategic planning, board and senior staff development and mentoring, and advice during important transitions. Clients have included the Newark Museum, Johnson & Wales University, the University of Maryland, University of New Haven, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Phillips Auctions, Qatar Foundation International and Qatar Museums Authority, where Mandle was senior advisor to the chair of the Board of Trustees. His firm is also advising a number of private clients in collections formation and mentoring senior members of the academic and museum community in career development as well as leading in the creation of alternative models of art and design education, including online education.

From 2008–12 Mandle was executive director and chief museums officer of Qatar Museums Authority, responsible for the concept development, governance structure, staff creation, architectural planning and program execution for over 12 museums and cultural institutions.

Prior to his work in Qatar, Mandle was president of RISD for 15 years. During his tenure, the college’s endowment grew from $75 million to over $400 million, in part due to aggressive fundraising with the goal of fulfilling a strategic plan and a $115 million capital campaign led by Mandle, the faculty and curatorial staff. Many new academic and museum programs, including a joint degree program with Brown University, were established.

As deputy director and chief curator of the National Gallery of Art from 1988–93, Mandle was responsible for all collections, curatorial and education staff, exhibitions and programs, conservation, publications and the research library. He developed the process for the gallery’s strategic plan and assisted in its implementation.

Mandle was associate director and then director of the Toledo Museum of Art from 1974–88. Prior to that post, he was associate director of the Minneapolis Institute of Art from 1967–74. He was a member of the Ohio Arts Council and was appointed by two presidents to the National Council on the Arts, and was among its longest-serving members.

Mandle has served on many boards of trustees for non-profit cultural and for-profit organizations, working on strategic planning and evaluative efforts. He is currently on the board of YoYo Ma’s Silk Road Project and is president of the Board of Newport Restoration Foundation. He serves on the Art Acquisition Committee of the Toledo Museum of Art and the Collections Committee of the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

In addition to teaching at RISD, Mandle has taught museum studies and art history at Williams College (his alma mater) and Brown University. He has published and lectured widely on museums, art history and contemporary art and design. He received his PhD from Case Western Reserve University in Dutch Art History and his MA and Museum Training Certificate from New York University. His undergraduate degree is from Williams College. He has also been awarded eight honorary degrees.

  • BA, Williams College
  • MA, New York University
  • PHD, Case Western Reserve University


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