Dominic DiMarco, president of Cranbrook Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills, announced today that he will be retiring at the end of the academic year in June 2020.
DiMarco started at Cranbrook in 2008 as its COO and became its eighth president in 2012.
“Cranbrook has been the most fulfilling time of my professional life and I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the trust and special relationships that have developed with trustees, governors, parents, alumni, and, of course, our faculty and staff during my time here,” DiMarco said in a statement. “My first steps on campus were as a father at the front door of Brookside, and have resulted in a memorable journey that I will reflect upon for my lifetime.”
During DiMarco’s tenure, Cranbrook opened an “exploreLAB” at the Cranbrook Institute of Science and an Art Lab at the Cranbrook Art Museum, launched Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research, implemented free admission to Cranbrook Gardens, began a partnership with MIT, secured multiple major gifts, completed capital projects, and outlined a master plan that will continue to extend Cranbrook’s legacy as a leading center for education, art, and science.
“There remains much to do and I am firmly committed to advancing the goals and objectives laid out for the year ahead,” DiMarco notes. “I am confident that our leadership team will ensure that our forward momentum continues during this transition. I look forward to supporting the next president of Cranbrook and the future of this great institution.”
Cranbrook Educational Community is in the early stages of a national search for its next president. A search committee has been formed, and Cranbrook has retained Isaacson Miller to assist with identifying and recruiting candidates for DiMarco’s successor.
The search is expected to conclude in the spring of 2020.