Rhode Island School of Design Names New President

The Rhode Island School of Design has named Rosanne Somerson its seventeenth president, according to the New York Times’ Julie Lasky. Somerson fills the role left vacant by John Maeda, who, after overseeing the institution for six years, departed in January last year to become a design partner in the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Somerson, who became interim president when Maeda departed, was a founder and longtime head of the school’s furniture department. She’s also coedited The Art of Critical Making: Rhode Island School of Design on Creative Practice (2013) with Mara Hermano.

Shown internationally, her work is included in museum collections such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, among others.