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President Bloomfield Hills, MI

George Gough Booth, the publisher of the Detroit Evening News (forerunner of The Detroit News), and his wife, Ellen Scripps Booth founded Cranbrook Educational Community ("Cranbrook") in the early 20th century to be one of the world's leading centers of art, design, science and education.

Cranbrook seeks a dynamic, bold thinking, accomplished leader to serve as its ninth President. This is an extraordinary opportunity to lead an internationally renowned and distinctive educational institution to further realize the vision of the Booths.

Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989, Cranbrook is located on a magnificent 319-acre campus in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, only 30 minutes from the resurgent city of Detroit. Widely recognized for the excellence of its educational programs, the beauty of its grounds, and its exceptional architecture, Cranbrook was founded in 1904. In collaboration with noted Finnish-American architect Eliel Saarinen, George and Ellen Booth created an educational community like no other. The Booths and Saarinen envisioned a campus built with the finest materials and designed working spaces that inspired awe and an earnestness to seek further knowledge.

The campus comprises a nationally recognized Pre-K through 12th grade (1,660 students)  independent college-preparatory school; the top ranked graduate-only program in the country in architecture, design and fine art; one of the first contemporary art museums in the region with a world-renowned collection; Michigan's premier museum of science and natural history; a center for collections and research; and three historic homes, one being Cranbrook House - an Albert Kahn-designed manor surrounded by extensive formal gardens. This convergence of education, science and art propels Cranbrook’s over-riding and long-standing culture of creating something original and forward-thinking.

The President will be expected to build on Cranbrook's strong legacy and its record of innovative, high quality educational experiences for a wide array of learners from diverse backgrounds. Working with senior staff, Board of Trustees and other stakeholders, the President will lead the development of a continued vision that will foster a sense of shared purpose for the community and heighten the impact of the organization. Cranbrook seeks a proven leader with the enthusiasm, unlimited energy and ambitious creativity to realize the full potential of this singular and treasured institution. This individual must have outstanding and proven leadership skills, respect for Cranbrook's distinctive history, tradition and complexity as well as vision to take the institution forward and the ability to champion and strengthen its base of support.

Sheryl Ash and Ben Tobin are leading this search with Ryan Leichenauer.

Cranbrook Educational Community is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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