Message from President Eisler to Kendall College of Art and Design Faculty and Staff

May 9, 2019

Good afternoon,

Over the past two weeks, I have enjoyed the opportunity to interact more closely with Kendall faculty and staff. Thank you very much for your interest, participation and attendance at the open forums I hosted on campus. Since then I have received many emails from you with your ideas about advancing Kendall’s future. It was heartwarming to see the number of faculty and staff willing to step forward to lead your college.

Last Thursday and Friday, I interviewed 11 outstanding faculty and staff, each dedicated to Kendall and its future. Listening to them I was invigorated and excited by the depth and breadth of talent, and their understanding and commitment to the College. Most importantly it is clear to me how deeply they care for Kendall College of Art and Design. After careful consideration, I have invited Tara McCrackin, Associate Professor of Interior Design, to serve as interim president of Kendall College of Art and Design, effective July 1, 2019. I am delighted to share with you that she has accepted this appointment. Please join me in thanking Ms. McCrackin for stepping forward and accepting this leadership responsibility. Tara will want and benefit from your help and support as she steps into this leadership role for the College. I am confident that working together she and you will be successful.

As part of my conversations with Kendall faculty and staff, I encouraged participation on a college-wide committee focused on reversing enrollment trends at Kendall. It was wonderful to see the number of volunteers who have come forward. Over the next two weeks, I will be working with Ms. McCrackin to identify the members of this committee. It is impossible to spend time with the faculty and staff at Kendall College of Art and Design and not walk away with a deep appreciation for the work you do. Kendall is a special place because of the talent, time, commitment and energy you invest in it. Thank you for making an important difference for the students who are so very fortunate to study with you.

Best wishes,

David L. Eisler, president
Ferris State University