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.
“As we have stated from the beginning, we remain unwaveringly committed to the principle that [the search] will take exactly as long as it needs to identify the right next leader of our cherished institution,” Spalter wrote in announcing the news to the campus community. “But we have every confidence that it is moving toward a successful conclusion.”
RISD is looking to replace President John Maeda, who left for a job at a venture capital firm in Silicon Valley after a controversial six-year tenure.
RISD Provost Rosanne Somerson has been acting as interim president since Maeda stepped down in the middle of the last school year.