Tara McCrackin, NCIDQ, IIDA, IDEC, LEED AP ID+C, was named Interim President of Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) in July 2019. She concurrently holds the office of Interim Vice President of Ferris State University. She started her design career in 1997, working in corporate office interiors. She has had the pleasure of designing spaces for Steelcase, Inc., and was the lead designer on the initial WorkSpring in Chicago, Ill., a co-working space incorporating state-of-the-art technologies and focusing on hospitality in the corporate environment. Pursuing her passion for sustainability, Interim President McCrackin had the pleasure of working on the Rackspace Headquarters space in San Antonio, Texas, which was awarded a LEED Gold certification. Most recently, she worked on the interior for the Kids’ Food Basket building in Grand Rapids.
Interim President McCrackin began teaching in the Interior Design program at KCAD in 2000 and has served as a program advisor and as the program chair. She has been integral in developing articulation agreements for the KCAD Interior Design program with Grand Rapids Community College and Ivy Tech Community College. She has served on the Advisory Board for the Interior Design program at Grand Rapids Community College since 2016.
Interim President McCrackin has been active as a board member of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Michigan Chapter, most recently as the Michigan Chapter President. She has demonstrated her commitment to furthering the recognition of the profession of Interior Design by being an active member of the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Champion program. She has served as both a Course Reviewer and Course Auditor for the Interior Design Continuing Education Council, Inc. (IDCEC), one of ten in North America.
Interim President McCrackin holds a B.A. in Art Education from Western Michigan University, B.F.A. in Interior Design from Kendall College of Art and Design, and a M.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education from Grand Valley State University.