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Randy Swearer

Dr. Randy Swearer is the vice president for Autodesk’s global education experiences team. In this role, Swearer empowers students on a journey of lifelong learning through problem-solving, collaboration and design thinking.

Prior to Autodesk, Swearer was dean of Parsons School of Design and provost at Philadelphia University, bringing with him education experience that is as deep as it is wide. He also served as the deputy director of the design program of the National Endowment for the Arts and was the Design Division head in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas. There, he was awarded a Texas Excellence Teaching Prize.

With a foundation in technology, Swearer was a senior designer and supervisor at Wang Laboratories and senior communications specialist at IBM. Swearer is also active on the speaker circuit, having lectured widely on design, planning, and community identity issues. He has served on national juries for The National Building Museum, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Yale University and the American Institute of Architects.

Swearer received his Ph.D. in anthropology and urban studies from Union Institute, an M.F.A. in design from Yale University, and a B.A. from Wesleyan University