Max S. Shangle, a longtime leader in the fields of design-education and furniture making, has been named Dean of Shintaro Akatsu School of Design (SASD), effective April 23, the University of Bridgeport announced today.

Shangle most recently served as president of Harrington College of Design in Chicago. Previously, he was dean of the College at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he also served as an adjunct faculty member, tenured professor, and program chairman.

In addition to his academic experience, Shangle is familiar in the design industry as a contributing columnist for Fine Furniture International. He has served as a judge at numerous  competitions, including the prestigious AFSD (American Society of Furniture Designers) Pinnacle Awards. An accomplished woodworker and photographer, Shangle also has designed sets for several theater productions.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education/Vocational Cabinetmaking at Western Michigan University and a Master of Science in Occupational Education from Ferris State University

“Max’s long and established record of administrative and teaching duties, coupled with his training in furniture making, community involvement, and institutional development, make him the ideal candidate to lead SASD,” said University of Bridgeport Provost Stephen Healey. “We are thrilled to welcome him to UB.”

About Shintaro Akatsu School of Design

Shintaro Akatsu School of Design (SASD) offers professional education in the design fields leading to baccalaureate and master’s degrees and successful careers in design. Its Interior, Graphic, and Interior Design programs are built to emphasize the importance of practical, theoretical, and professional activities and practices. Students learn about the fundamentals and details of design; their application to real-world use; design’s impact on the user population; and the various means and methods needed to take their designs from concept to reality. SASD design facilities include studio spaces, computer labs, libraries, and an inspiring location. The school has a large international community with contacts in other countries to exchange ideas, and it is proud of its international designer-in-residence program.

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