Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Board of Trustees of announced today that John Maeda, Associate Director of Research at the MIT Media Lab, has accepted their offer to become the 16th president of RISD. 

RISD Board Chair Merrill Sherman said, “We are delighted to name John Maeda as successor to Roger Mandle. RISD has a special obligation to play a leadership role in the world of art and design, nationally and internationally. Creativity and innovation are more important than ever. We believe John will be a bold, innovative and exciting president and will enhance RISD’s role in helping to shape and inform art and design in this century.”

The Board’s unanimous approval of Maeda is well placed. He’ll make a fine President.