College for Creative Studies president retiring

The Detroit News
Richard L. Rogers

The longtime president of the College for Creative studies plans to step down next summer, ending what will be a 25-year tenure leading the Detroit art and design school.

Richard L. Rogers announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2019, in a statement released Tuesday by the college.

Since Rogers took office in the summer of 1994, the private college in Detroit's Midtown district has doubled its enrollment to more than 1,400, added seven undergraduate programs and started its first graduate programs. CCS's endowment rose from $6 million to more than $80 million, including a $50 million bequest from Josephine L. Ford.

Rogers oversaw creation of the Walter and Josephine Ford Campus from 1999 to 2005, including construction of the 102,000-square-foot Walter B. Ford II Building and the Josephine F. Ford Sculpture Garden in collaboration with the Detroit Institute of Arts.  

In 2009, CCS opened the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, a $145 million integrated educational and creative community focused on art and design that extends from middle school through graduate school and into professional development. The project involved renovating General Motors' former Argonaut Building, the automaker's first research and design center.

Before joining CCS, Rogers was secretary and vice-president of the New School for Social Research in New York, a planner and fundraiser at the University of Chicago and an elementary school teacher in New Haven, Connecticut.
The school plans a national search for Rogers’ successor.