id department heads making changes?

Someone had mentioned in another thread that the CMU grad head was going to be the new UC grad. RISD now has a new head (who was previously a faculty member there).

How much change takes place in a department when a new head takes over?

usually not much. Changing an academic program is like turning an Aircraft Carier around, it takes time and a lot of power.

I believe the head of the ID program at RISD is now Mickey Ackerman, good guy. He has been the head of that program on and off for years. The previous head Keprah Nichols, also a great guy, came pretty straight out of being in the industry for years. I know he wanted to make a lot of changes, but I’m not sure what happened.