As the SCAD School of Design has garnered honors, so has its dean, Victor Ermoli. When DesignIntelligence recognized SCAD’s interior design program as the top-ranked in the country, it also named Ermoli among America’s “25 Most Admired Educators,” an honor based in part on recommendations from his students and peers. It was not the first time Ermoli, who became chair of industrial design in 1998 and dean in 2005, has earned national and international acclaim. He has also been recognized in Business Report’s “40 Under 40” designers and I.D. magazine’s “40 Best Designers Under 30.” The Venezuela-born Ermoli holds three design degrees from three countries. He has a patent for a new design of Venetian blinds and a penchant for bowties. He is the co-founder, president and CEO of The Business Accelator, which seeks out and fosters innovative products and ventures. Under his leadership, students in the School of Design collaborate with companies on cutting-edge projects, allowing students to build their professional skills while giving top businesses the opportunity to tap into SCAD talent. His oversight of the School of Design includes design for sustainability, design management, fibers, furniture design, industrial design, metals and jewelry, and service design.