Richard Zauft

Dean, College of Art and Design

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Richard Zauft is the dean of the College of Art and Design. Prior to Lesley, Mr. Zauft was the associate vice president of academic affairs for Emerson College in Boston, where he also served as executive director of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, interim dean of liberal arts, and dean of graduate studies. Previously, Mr. Zauft served as associate dean of the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for six years, and chair of the art department at the University of South Dakota. He was a professor of visual arts for 24 years and is a two-time project grant recipient from the National Endowment for the Arts. He earned his bachelor’s degree and master of fine arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and earned a certificate in the management development program at Harvard University. Mr. Zauft’s commitment to diversity led to the creation of the annual New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium’s Diversity Recruitment Conference. Outside academia, Mr. Zauft has served for three years as president of the College Book Art Association and two years as president of the Society of Printers. Mr. Zauft has lectured extensively and exhibited across the country. He has been recognized as a visiting artist at Columbia College of Art and Design in Chicago, at Indiana University, Washington University in St. Louis, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, San Francisco Center for the Book, Dartmouth College, Wellesley College and Massachusetts College of Art and Design.