Harrington College of Design Appoints International Interior Design Association Executive Vice President And CEO Cheryl Durst To Board of Trustees

July 16, 2013

CHICAGO (JULY 16, 2013) – Harrington College of Design, a leading provider of design education in Chicago, is excited to announce the appointment of the Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, LEED AP, the Executive Vice President and CEO of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), to the Harrington College of Design Board of Trustees. 

The board is comprised of seven recognized leaders across various design-related industries who lend their professional expertise and credentials in support of Harrington’s mission to shape the next generation of design professionals who will lead and serve the global community.

“Our college and our students benefit from the insights of distinguished professionals like Cheryl, and we’re honored to have her join our Board,” said Bob Nachtsheim, president of Harrington College of Design. “We place great emphasis on 360-degree design training — the notion that you need more than creativity to succeed today. Respected industry professionals like Cheryl understand business, develop strategies and collaborate and communicate effectively in real world situations. I look forward to working with her and the rest of the Board as we shape this formative design education experience of our students.”

In her role as Executive Vice President and CEO of IIDA, Durst is responsible for guiding the efforts of the professional networking and educational association and its 13,000 members.  The organization strives to create a strong niche for the most talented and visionary Interior Design professionals, to elevate the profession to the level it warrants, and to lead the way for the next generation of Interior Design innovators.

She leads the Board and Members of IIDA, championing and elevating the profession of Interior Design and its practitioners. In 2001, in recognition of Durst’s many accomplishments within the Association and in the industry at large, the IIDA Board of Directors conferred upon her the status of Honorary Member. She became the Association’s first and only Honorary Fellow in 2009.

A sought-after speaker on the future of Design and other explorations into Design, Cheryl has spoken before or moderated panels for groups ranging from the American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association to the International Facility Management Association and the National Organization of Minority Architects. Durst sits on the Advisory Board for the Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design and is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the New York School of Interior Design, where she delivered the 2011 commencement address, and has been referred to by Interior Design magazine as “an ambassador for innovation and expansion, and a visionary strategist.”

Cheryl is an active member of the Organization of Black Designers and a past Executive Board Member of the Chicago Chapter of the U.S. Green Buildings Council.

About Harrington College of Design

Harrington College of Design an institution of higher learning 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 and seeks to foster an environment that maximizes students’ intellectual and artistic potential. Harrington offers associate’s degrees in interior design and digital photography; bachelor’s degrees in interior design, commercial photography and graphic design; and master’s degrees in interior design and communication design. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500 Chicago, IL 60604-1411). Find disclosures on graduation rates, student financial obligations and more at www.interiordesign.edu/disclosures. Harrington cannot guarantee employment or salary and is part of the Career Education Corporation network of schools (NASDAQ: CECO). For more information on Harrington College of Design, call 312.939.4975 or visit www.interiordesign.edu.

About International Interior Design Association

The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) is a professional networking and educational association with more than 13,000 Members practicing worldwide in more than 50 countries. IIDA is committed to enhancing the quality of life through excellence in Interior Design and advancing Interior Design through knowledge, value and community. IIDA advocates for Interior Design excellence; nurtures a global Interior Design community; maintains high educational standards; and supports its Members and the Profession with visionary leadership. IIDA has helped reveal new Design talent through a variety of trade show involvement and Interior Design/Architecture competitions honoring national and international talent, including the Interior Design Competition, Global Excellence Awards and Hospitality Product Design Competition. www.iida.org