October 13, 2017

Pratt Institute Appoints Frances Bronet President

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK—Frances Bronet has been named the twelfth president of the Pratt Institute by the school’s board of trustees. Bronet is the first woman to lead the Brooklyn institution and succeeds Thomas F. Schutte following his retirement after twenty-four years as president. Beginning July 1, Pratt Institute Provost Kirk E. Pillow served as interim president; Bronet’s tenure begins January 2, 2018.

“I am honored to have been chosen as the twelfth president of the Pratt Institute. During the years ahead, I will work closely with the faculty, administration, students, the local and global communities, and the trustees to ensure that Pratt continues to build upon its notable past achievements and realizes all of its creative potential for the future,” Bronet said. “This is a key moment for art and design education to critically address the complex challenges around us.”

Bronet arrives at Pratt from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, where she served as served a senior vice president and provost. She had previously held the positions of acting provost and dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon. Bronet began her career in academia in 1985 at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she was the acting dean and associate dean of the Rensselaer School of Architecture. She is the former president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the co-founder of the ACSA Women’s Leadership Council.

Bronet received a Master of Science degree in architectural design from Columbia University and undergraduate degrees in architecture and engineering from McGill University.

“Frances Bronet’s achievements at IIT, the University of Oregon, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are a perfect prelude to her service to Pratt,” said Vice Chair Mike Pratt. “We are excited about her highly successful track record inspiring donors and raising funds, building community and teams, her ability to attract funding for research, and her extensive experience implementing long-range plans. She brings visionary thinking, a collaborative style, and a commitment to higher education’s responsibility to link critical thinking with cultural, physical, and social enterprise. Ms. Bronet’s enthusiasm and creativity will enable her to develop deep relationships with Pratt faculty and students to spur innovation.”

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