Cranbrook Academy of Art Announces Two New Dean Appointments

The Cranbrook Educational Community announced that after a comprehensive search, Lynn Tomaszewski has been named the dean of Academic Affairs and Michael Stone-Richards has been named dean of Programs and Partnerships. at Cranbrook Academy of Art.
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Lynn Tomaszewski
Lynn Tomaszewski
Michael Stone-Richards
Michael Stone-Richards

The Cranbrook Educational Community announced that after a comprehensive search, Lynn Tomaszewski has been named the dean of Academic Affairs and Michael Stone-Richards has been named dean of Programs and Partnerships. at Cranbrook Academy of Art.

They will begin their tenure later this month.

As dean of Academic Affairs, Tomaszewski will work with the senior leadership team to formulate and evaluate the academic policies and programs of the academy. She will provide support to the academy’s 13 Artists-in-Residence/Department heads while helping to foster an equitable and transparent student culture. Her work will also focus on student retention and recruitment efforts.

As the dean of Programs and Partnerships, Stone-Richards will work to increase representation within the graduate curriculum, and to expand audiences across the academy. He will also conduct direct outreach to develop and support active partnerships in the city of Detroit and work closely with the academy director to steward major gift initiatives of the Gilbert Family Foundation.

“The search for a new Academic Dean for the academy presented us with two extraordinary candidates, each with specific backgrounds as leaders in higher education and the arts,” says Paul Sacaridiz, director of the Maxine and Stuart Frankel for Cranbrook Academy of Art. “After we met with them, we made the decision to create two unique roles that help advance the strategic goals of the academy. This is a significant moment as we move forward, and I could not be more delighted to welcome Lynn and Michael to Cranbrook and have them serving as members of our senior leadership team.”

Tomaszewski comes to Cranbrook from Moore College of Art and Design, where she served most recently as the chief academic officer/academic dean. She has 25 years of experience in higher education, also serving as the director of the School of Art and Art History at the University of Florida, the associate dean of Graduate Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and chair of foundations at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, where she was on the faculty for 16 years. She also served on the faculty of the Art Students League of New York.

“I am thrilled to be joining the amazing community of Cranbrook,” says Tomaszewski. “Since its inception, Cranbrook artists, designers, and architects have contributed experimental and influential objects and ideas to the world. I am honored to be given the opportunity to build upon that incredible legacy.”

Stone-Richards is a writer, scholar, and educator who has taught at Northwestern University, Stonehill College, and the College for Creative Studies. Born in the West Indies, he was educated in England and in Europe, where he studied philosophy, poetry, and art history.

Stone-Richards holds an MA and Ph.D. in modern European art from the Courtauld Institute, and his writing on poetry, philosophy, art writing, and art pedagogy has been widely published in English and French.

“I am humbled and excited to be joining Cranbrook and its extraordinary history of experimental artists, thinkers, designers, and curators, consistently at the forefront of contemporary art and design,” says Stone-Richards. “The academy has deep reserves of inspiration on which to draw for future initiatives. It is my ambition to build upon this history while developing programming, partnerships, and a critical studies program worthy of the best of Cranbrook and the new challenges of our time.”