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RIT appoints interim dean at College of Imaging Arts and Sciences

Rochester Institute of Technology announced the appointment of an interim dean at the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.

Robin Cass

Robin Cass

Robin Cass starts the role effective July 1. She is to continue in the post for the 2018-2019 school year.

“I am both excited and humbled by this opportunity to move the college forward during this period of transition,” Cass said in a statement. “CIAS is such a vibrant community of talented individuals; I’m really looking forward to working with our extraordinary students, faculty and staff in this new role.”

Cass has been the acting dean of the college since March when Lorraine Justice stepped down from the post. Cass was formerly a senior associate dean. S

“In Robin’s short time as acting dean, I have been impressed with her commitment to the mission of the college, her attention to detail and fairness, and her thoughts about advancing the college,” said Jeremy Haefner, RIT provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “This appointment follows an internal search process for the position that included terrific input from the faculty and staff of the college. This input was a major consideration in my decision to appoint Robin.”

For nearly two decades Cass has been a faculty member of RIT’s School for American Crafts’ glass program. She has focused her own research on creativity in education, assessment in the arts and embodied learning.

She is also an artist—with primarily hot glass—and has exhibited nationally and internationally.  More recently her work has been shown in Tianyuan, China, and Osaka, Japan, officials said.

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