May 4, 2007

Good Morning:

It is with mixed emotions that I announce that Reed Kroloff, dean of the School of Architecture, has accepted an appointment as director and campus architect of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, effective September 1, 2007.

When Reed arrived at Tulane in 2004, I was confident that he would help lead the school to new heights. My confidence was well-founded as Reed instituted a new curriculum and raised over $1.5 million in endowment and program support.

Reed also guided the school through Katrina and its aftermath, maintaining its enrollment at more than 83 percent after the storm and, through Tulane City Center's programs such as URBANbuild and the CITYbuild Consortium of Schools, took a lead in the continued rebuilding of New Orleans. Clearly, Reed will be missed both at Tulane and in New Orleans, but this is a great opportunity for him.

We will begin a national search for Reed's replacement this fall. Until a permanent dean is hired, I am pleased to announce that Scott Bernhard, a faculty member of Tulane's School of Architecture for more than 15 years, has been named interim dean of the school.

Scott is the recipient of numerous teaching awards including the "Inspirational Teacher Award," a university-wide honor bestowed by Tulane. He is also an architect in private practice and has built more than a dozen structures in New Orleans and the surrounding region. Scott is also the co-author of a forthcoming book on New Orleans housing and the co-author of "An Introduction to New Orleans House Types," an on line publication. His main focus of interest is in the area of multi-family housing.

I thank Scott for taking on this new role and Reed for his many contributions to Tulane and New Orleans.

Have a great weekend,


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