Finalists Chosen in College of Design Dean Search



Five finalists have been chosen in the College of Design dean search. As part of the final selection process, all candidates will visit campus and present an open seminar addressing their broad vision for the College of Design. The hour-long seminars are open to all students, faculty, and staff. Interested individuals can attend in person or watch a post-event video of each candidate’s presentation.

All seminars will be held at 11 a.m. in Clough 152. The finalists’ seminars will be held on the following dates:

Candidate No. 1: Tuesday, Sept. 7

Candidate No. 2: Thursday, Sept. 9

Candidate No. 3: Tuesday, Sept. 14

Candidate No. 4: Tuesday, Sept. 21

Candidate No. 5: Thursday, Sept. 23

Links to each candidate’s page are available on the College of Design Dean Search site. Additional details, including each candidate’s bio and curriculum vitae, as well as links to the post-event videos and feedback surveys, are available on candidate pages. Please note that Georgia Tech login credentials are required to access all candidate pages.

Rinehart Named Interim Dean of College of Design



Michelle Rinehart

Michelle Rinehart, associate dean for Academic Affairs and Outreach in Georgia Tech’s College of Design, has been appointed interim dean of the College, effective Aug. 1. Dean Steve French, who has served since 2013, will return to the faculty in the School of City and Regional Planning.

Rinehart joined the Georgia Tech faculty in 2013. In her role as associate dean, she oversees a broad range of College programs, including academic affairs and curriculum, admissions and outreach, faculty affairs and development, and assessment and accreditation. Rinehart also serves as a member of the teaching faculty in the School of Architecture, coordinating the first-year design studio sequence and teaching the History of Architecture, among others. She is the faculty leader of the Exploring Architecture and Design summer track for incoming students, and a faculty advisor to the Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society (Rho Chapter) and several other student organizations. Rinehart also continues to serve as part of the Academic Steering Committee of the Institutional Response to Covid-19 team.

“Many thanks to Michelle Rinehart for serving as interim dean of the College of Design,” said Steven W. McLaughlin, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs. “Michelle is a skilled administrator and leader who invests incredible energy in her colleagues, students, and the Institute overall. We are grateful for her leadership through this transition.”

Rinehart has nearly 30 years of experience in higher education. Her varying leadership and administrative roles have also included experience in enrollment management, student services, academic advising, and budgets and finance. She holds an Ed.D. in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Architecture from Tulane University.

Rinehart will serve until a new dean is named. The work of the search committee, chaired by Dean Kaye Husbands Fealing of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, is well underway, with assistance from search firm Russell Reynolds Associates.


Atlanta, GA


Susie Ivy

Director – Organizational, Academic, and Research Communications

Institute Communications

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