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Cranbrook Academy Taps Susan R. Ewing to Be Interim Director



Two months after news broke that its previous hire opted not to take the job, the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, has found an interim leader. Today the school announced that it has tapped Susan R. Ewing, a metalsmith, educator, and arts administrator, to be its interim director.

Ewing comes to the institution from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she has been a faculty member since 1981. She takes up a position left vacant when Christopher Scoates decided to step down to become director of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. He ended his tenure in June, after four years there.

John Berry, a Cranbrook alum whose career has been in design and business, was named as a temporary replacement for Scoates in May, with the title of acting director, though in early June, Crain’s Detroit Business reported that he had decided not to take the job, citing a family issue.

At Miami, Ewing has served in the roles of associate dean and senior associate and has been a university distinguished professor for more than a decade. She’ll start at Cranbrook later this month.

In its announcement, Cranbrook said that it would begin looking for a permanent director “at a later date.”

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