The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) has announced that it has selected Kent Kleinman to serve as its new provost. Kleinman is coming to RISD from Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, where he was the Gale and Ira Drukier Dean from 2008 to 2018. Kleinman will begin his term at RISD in March 2019.
In a statement, RISD President Rosanne Somerson said:
Kent brings broad teaching and administrative experience to RISD coupled with a vision for how we can propel art and design education into new realms of leadership, impact and inclusivity. Throughout the search process, I was continually impressed by his ability to be future-focused while also understanding RISD’s legacies and core culture. Additionally, Kent’s questions and observations reflect his strong natural instincts and distinguished experience in working with both faculty and students. I am excited to work with Kent as our next academic leader to develop opportunities for RISD within the complex and evolving intersections of art, design and the liberal arts.