Kendall College names interim dean
Kendall College of Art and Design has appointed a long-time faculty member to a two-year term as interim dean.
KCAD in Grand Rapids said last week that it has named Ron Riksen to the academic leadership role, effective July 1.
Prior to the appointment, Riksen served as a graphic design professor at the college and has taught at KCAD for the past 43 years.
KCAD said Riksen will work with students, faculty and staff to continue the college’s growth and impact throughout its creative ecosystem.
Oliver Evans, interim president of KCAD, said Riksen understands the college and is committed to ensuring the school “continues to have impact on the world of art and design.”
In response to the appointment, Riksen said KCAD has been and always will be a very important part of his life.
“I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity,” Riksen said. “For over 40 years, I’ve been able to share my love of teaching creativity and design with our great students. In all that time, there has never been a day where working here has felt like a job to me.”
As a member of the KCAD faculty since 1971, Riksen has served as the chair of the graphic design program and chair of the illustration program.
Riksen was also the chair of the Faculty Evaluation, Tenure, Promotion and Sabbatical committee for eight of the 10 years he worked with the group.
KCAD said Riksen has helped the college expand its campus, programs and engagement level with the creative design community in West Michigan.
“KCAD is always growing,” Riksen said. “Our graduates are getting great jobs, and we are making a positive difference in the art and design community, as well as the world. I am blessed to have been an integral part of the college’s success and am looking forward to our bright future.”
KCAD was founded in 1928 and is a college of Ferris State University.
The college offers 17 undergraduate programs and four graduate programs in art and design.