Ravi S. Rajan, dean of the School of the Arts at SUNY Purchase, will be the new head of CalArts, after a unanimous vote by the board of the California art school.
Outgoing president Steven Lavine had previously served twenty-nine years in the role.
At Purchase College, Rajan began a $100 million capital renovation of the art and design facilities, the first renovation of its type in the school’s history. He also founded a new masters program in “Entrepreneurship in the Arts.”
“Ravi showed the fiery passion for the arts that was at the core of CalArts’ founding,” chairman of the board of trustees Tim Disney said.