Dr. John Martin-Rutherford Joins Harrington College of Design as Department Chair, Interior Design

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Dr. Martin-Rutherford brings nearly 30 years' experience in education and practice to this position at the helm of one of the country's largest interior design programs.

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Harrington College of Design announces the appointment of John Martin-Rutherford as leader of its interior design programs. Dr. Martin-Rutherford brings nearly 30 years' experience in education and practice to this position at the helm of one of the country's largest interior design programs.

Martin-Rutherford's career has combined the pursuit of education - resulting in five degrees - with teaching and administration, along with professional endeavors as an interior designer, architect and urban designer. After attending The Centre College of Kentucky where he earned a degree in Art and Psychology, he completed a Bachelor's degree in Architecture and Masters in Interior Design. At the University of Texas at Austin he received a Master's degree in Architecture. At the University of Louisville (Kentucky) he completed a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Development. He has lived, worked and studied in Europe and in America from the east coast to the west coast and has a broad and diverse perspective to bring to the fertile environment of Harrington College of Design.

"We conducted a national search to find the right person to take us into the future," said Erik Parks, president of Harrington. "John was an uncommon individual among the applicants in that he had extensive classroom experience, demonstrated team leadership and the ability to maintain a roster of clients throughout his career. With him at the helm, we intend to be the best in the market."

"Chicago has been the center for American architecture and design," said John Martin-Rutherford. "I came to Harrington because we have the tools to create a world-class design school and, utilizing the design heritage that abounds in Chicago, I know we can reach that goal."

About Harrington College of Design

Harrington College of Design is a four-year college that offers flexible scheduling for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design, an Associate of Applied Science degree in Interior Design or Digital Photography and a new Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Communication Design. Harrington is committed to creating the next generation of design professionals to lead and serve the global community.

Harrington has been a member of Chicago's design and higher education communities since 1931. Located at 200 W. Madison St., Harrington seeks to foster an environment that maximizes students' intellectual and artistic potential. The majority of the faculty is practicing interior designers, architects, photographers and fine art professionals.

Harrington is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees and bachelor's degrees. Harrington is recognized as a private college by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), and is authorized by the IBHE to confer baccalaureate and associate degrees. The Interior Design Program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (formerly FIDER). Harrington College of Design recently received re-accreditation from the Council for Interior Design Accreditation for a period of six years.

For more information on Harrington College of Design, call 312.939.4975 or visit http://www.harringtoncollege.com.

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