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IIT dean change reportedly due to Wiel Arets’s lack of leadership

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IIT dean change reportedly due to Wiel Arets's lack of leadership. (Courtesy PROSteve Silverman/Flickr)
IIT dean change reportedly due to Wiel Arets's lack of leadership. (Courtesy PROSteve Silverman/Flickr)

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The Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) College of Architecture has appointed Dr. Michelangelo Sabatino as the interim dean for a one-year term. Sabatino will be taking over for Dutch architect Wiel Arets, who was appointed to the dean position in 2012. Reliable sources have indicated to The Architect’s Newspaper that the change in leadership came as the faculty was unhappy with Arets’s leadership, or lack thereof, at the college. With a thriving practice in Amsterdam, Arets was often splitting time between Europe and Chicago. Arets will continue at IIT as faculty, starting with the 2017–2018 school year.

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