"When it’s time to stand up and play a critical solo, like a good college president must often do to advance the core mission of their constituency, a sense of determined authenticity, clarity, and stability must be evident immediately. From the outset of our meeting him, these traits trumpeted loudly from Ravi S. Rajan. His concise and to-the-point opening expressions were at once incisive, decisive, engaging, and reassuring. He seemed undaunted by the real challenges facing arts education today, to which he can apply rich and deep skills and experience with institutions and governments. He exhibited strength, forthrightness, and a convincing sense of purpose to help us sustain our core values and evolve our mission into the future. Added to this recipe for success we also observed the unmistakable presence of someone fueled by an artist’s curiosity and special kind of action imperative. Ravi S. Rajan comes to us from an intriguing and broad, interdisciplinary arts practice of his own. He understands and feels the multi-dimensional landscape of diversity in all its forms and knows the critical importance today of nurturing citizen artists. He doesn’t hold back, he says it like it is, and he revels in dissecting challenges collaboratively, while always exhibiting a good mix of authority with a healthy measure of humor. We have emerged from an inspiring, inclusive, and representative search process, and we look forward to all that we can accomplish together with Ravi S. Rajan as the next president of CalArts."