July 3, 2018

Acting Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art Will Not Take Post

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICHIGAN—John Berry, incoming acting director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, will not take the position, citing a personal family concern, Sherri Welch reports for Crain’s Detroit Business. Berry was named acting director of the Michigan art, design, and architecture school in May and was expected to begin Monday, June 18, when he instead offered his resignation.

According to the press release announcing his appointment, Berry is a 1968 Cranbrook graduate with forty-five years of design experience, including sixteen as the vice president of corporate communications at Herman Miller. Berry was most recently director of The Design Thinking Initiative and the new Design Thinking Academy at Grand Valley State University, near Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Berry was to take over from Chris Scoates, who left Cranbrook to lead the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. His tenure as director of the school and the Cranbrook Art Museum began in August 2014. Cranbrook will now appoint an interim director and initiate a national search for a permanent director in the fall.

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