New prez in town
Pratt Institute’s new president took the helm on Nov. 2 during a festive inauguration ceremony that celebrated her leadership, experience, and commitment to diversity in education.
President Frances Bronet, who became the first architect-president to lead the prestigious institution, said as soon as she visited the Clinton Hill campus she knew it was where she was supposed to be.
“Pratt is the first place I’ve been where the feeling of home was almost instantaneous,” Bronet said during her inauguration speech, alongside Borough President Adams and Vice President of the Board of Trustees Mike Pratt.
The Soul Tigers Marching Band kicked off the ceremony with a musical procession.
During her inauguration speech, Bronet outlined her vision for the university along with her own goals as its 12th president, including expanding the institution’s partnerships and collaborative work, and furthering its long-standing commitment to diversity.
Before coming to Pratt, Bronet was most recently the senior vice president and provost at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and previously served in leadership roles at the University of Oregon and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. — Julianne Cuba