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NEW: RISD Names Provost Rosanne Somerson as Interim President

Monday, December 09, 2013

 

The Board of Trustees for the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) announced today that Provost Rosanne Somerson has been named as the school's interim president, beginning January 1st.

Somerson, who was named provost in 2012, is an acclaimed furniture designer with deep roots at RISD – starting as a student and moving on to alumna, professor and academic leader. The Board of Trustees will begin a search for the institution's 17th president in January.

John Maeda, RISD's 16th president announced last week that he has accepted a position with the Silicon Valley firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

“Provost Somerson is an inspiring, passionate and dedicated leader for RISD,” notes RISD Board of Trustees Chair Michael Spalter. “The Board genuinely appreciates Provost Somerson’s willingness to lead our institution at this time. We have every confidence that she will do so with the same passion, grace and unwavering commitment to RISD that she has demonstrated throughout her career.”

Somerson is credited with helping to create RISD’s 2012–17 strategic plan, Critical Making | Making Critical ; and co-edited the book The Art of Critical Making: Rhode Island School of Design on Creative Practice with Mara Hermano, which was released this fall.

“I am honored by the trust in me demonstrated by RISD’s Board of Trustees,” said Provost Somerson. “As we search for our next president, I will work diligently with everyone in the RISD community to honor this trust. I am fortunate to partner with Chief Operating Officer Jean Eddy, who brings great expertise and experience, all of which are invaluable to RISD. In consultation with the faculty and academic leadership, I will soon name an interim provost so that the important work of advancing our strategic plan’s academic initiatives can continue seamlessly.”

Somerson earned her Bachelor's of Fine Arts from RISD in 1976 and joined the faculty in 1985, going on to help found, then to head the Department of Furniture Design. She served as interim associate provost for Academic Affairs from 2005–07 and as interim provost during the 2011–12 academic year. In addition to her academic roles at RISD, Somerson has maintained her own studio since 1978, where she designs and makes furniture. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is included in private, corporate and museum collections, most notably at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

 

Related Slideshow: College Board Reports - New England States by the Data

Reports released by the College Board, "Trends in College Pricing 2013," and "Trends in Student Aid", included a number of national data points regarding college affordability.  Here, see how the New Engand states stacked up agains each other.

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Students enrolling

Percentage of all youths entering postsecondary education

Connecticut: 56%

New Hampshire: 53%

Rhode Island 52%

Massachusetts: 51%

Maine: 45%

Vermont: 43%

US average 48%

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In-State Tuitions

Average 2013-14 in-state tuition and fees at public four-year institutions

New Hampshire: $14,665  

Vermont: $13,958  

Rhode Island: $10,992  

Massachusetts: $10,792  

Connecticut: $10,206  

Maine: $3,391

US Average: $8,893

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Out-of-State Tuitions

Average 2013-14 out-of-state tuition and fees at public four-year institutions

Vermont: $34,055

Rhode Island: $26,646

Connecticut: $26,365  

New Hamprshire: $24,987  

Massachusetts: $23,516  

Maine: $23,007

US average: $22,203

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State Appropriations

State Appropriations for Higher Education per Full-Time Equivalent Student 

Connecticut: $10,475  

Maine: $7,183  

Massachusetts: $6,410  

Rhode Island $5,162  

Vermont: $4,131  

New Hampshire: $2,482

US Average: $6,646

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Increase in Enrollment

Percentage increases in total full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment in public degree-granting institutions between 2001 and 2011

Vermont: 35%

Connecticut: 29%
 
New Hampshire 26%
 
Massachusetts 26%  
 
Maine 20%
 
Rhode Island: 16%  

US average: 27%

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Student Grant Aid

In 2011-12, state grant aid per full-time equivalent (FTE) undergraduate student ranged from under $200 (in 2012 dollars) in 12 states to over $1,000 in 10 states.

Vermont: $580  

Connecticut: $380  

Maine $320  

Massachusetts: $280

Rhode Island $200

New Hampshire: 0

US average $670

 
 

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