David Rosen named college of art and design president at Ferris State
Ferris State University
February 27, 2012
Ferris State University President David L. Eisler announced today that David M. Rosen has been named the new president of Kendall College of Art and Design. Rosen takes over the presidency of Kendall in July from Oliver Evans, who led the college for 18 years.
“Dr. Rosen is an outstanding choice to continue the tradition of excellence at Ferris’ Kendall College of Art and Design,” said Eisler. “He is the clear choice of Kendall’s faculty, staff and search committee, which did an excellent job in conducting a national search to find an extraordinary leader who will continue the upward trajectory of the college.” In the past decade KCAD has nearly tripled its enrollment and, in Spring 2012, the college will move some of its services into the former Federal Building, which Ferris has renovated as classroom, studio and gallery space.
“With all that Dr. Evans has accomplished, with Kendall’s great faculty, staff, and students, and with the opening of the newly renovated Federal Building, this is an extraordinary moment to be asked to lead at KCAD,” said Rosen. “I believe that the college will advance steadily in the years ahead and that the region will, as well. I am excited to be part of a team that will work to make both happen.”
Rosen earned his bachelor’s degree from Haverford College and both his master’s and doctorate from Johns Hopkins University. For the past nine years he has served as Senior Vice President and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Woodbury University, a private college in Burbank, Los Angeles and San Diego which specializes in art, architecture, media, design and business. Woodbury’s education has received regional and national recognition for its focus on innovation, creativity and forward-thinking leadership.
Before joining Woodbury University, Rosen served for twenty-three years at the University of Maine at Machias. Beginning as a faculty member in English and drama, he was recognized with the university’s Excellence in Teaching Award, earning a position as full tenured professor. At UMM, he served six years as the chair of arts and letters, three years as vice president for academic affairs, and briefly as interim president.