Art School(ed): President John Maeda to leave RISD

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Today, President John Maeda announced that he will be leaving RISD at the end of this semester (read: in two weeks). Maeda will conclude his six-year term, and move on to be the first Design Partner at the Silicon Valley firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in January 2014. He will also chair the eBay Design Advisory Board. When RISD students return to the steeper sections of College Hill on January 6th, 2014 for Wintersession, John Maeda will have departed… so get your selfies in with Maeda now, before it’s too late! Here is the video Maeda e-mailed to the RISD community this afternoon, along with his official announcement:

Maeda concluded his campus-wide e-mail with heartwarming last words:

“While for many of us, the old saying — “RISD is the Reason I’m Sleep Deprived” — rings true, I will always remember RISD alum Donald Wong ‘82 who wistfully shared with me that for him, RISD stands for the “Reason I Still Dream.” Thanks to all of you for making my dream come true.”

Who will be RISD’s next president? Here’s to hoping that Berge will flip the switch, leave Connecticut College in the dust, and make her way down the Hill instead!

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