As the chair of the university’s board of trustees, I am extremely pleased to write a message to The New School community. I am proud to work with our dedicated community to help provide an outstanding education for our students. I am committed to supporting the university in all of its plans for the future.
I want to take this opportunity to both thank former president Bob Kerrey and welcome our new president, David E. Van Zandt. We are tremendously grateful for the unprecedented growth and development that took place during President Kerrey’s tenure, and we look forward to an exciting future with President Van Zandt. The New School continues to carry forward its legacy of distinguished and committed leadership.
I am proud to work with our dedicated community to help provide an outstanding education for our students.
I am honored to welcome the newest members of The New School volunteer community. Renaud Dutreil, Joseph R. Gromek, Jeffrey Gural, Timothy L. Porter, and Kay Unger have joined the university as members of the board of trustees. I am also delighted to welcome five new members to the school-based boards of governors, Richard Darling, Danielle de Niese, Anthony Mannarino, Michael Obuchowski, and Ruth Sheetrit, and one new member to the Vera List Center Advisory Committee, Phoebe Eng. The university is extremely fortunate to have this group of extraordinary individuals sharing their wisdom and resources to help us accomplish our goals.
The university community is saddened by the passing of a special friend and exceptional individual, Arthur Penn, who died on September 28, 2010. One of our most esteemed former trustees, Arthur demonstrated a deep commitment to higher education with the time, energy, and ideas he contributed for more than five decades to ensure the continued vitality of The New School. A trustee from 1995 to 2002, Arthur served on several committees and played an important role in the founding and development of the MFA program at The New School for Drama. Arthur was a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award and an honorary degree from The New School.
The New School is served by many remarkable people. The university honors individuals who show an enduring commitment to our mission and ideals with the Distinguished Service Award. This year the board of trustees honored four individuals whose leadership and dedication are unsurpassed: Beth Rudin DeWoody, Nancy A. Garvey, Joseph R. Gromek, and Ilse Melamid.
The Annual Report highlights the superb work of our committed volunteers and our outstanding faculty, students, staff, and alumni, on both a local and a global level. Their dedication is evidenced in our increased fundraising success, the expansion of new divisional programs and enhancement of existing ones, and the tremendous improvement of our facilities. The participation of our volunteer community has been critical to the continued growth and development of The New School.
The leadership of our volunteers reflects a commitment to excellence. We are grateful for their unflagging efforts on behalf of our university.
Michael J. Johnston
The New School Board of Trustees