Leadership Councils

Dean's Alumni Councils

Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts

In the fall of 2008, Neil Gordon, dean of Eugene Lang College, established the Dean's Alumni Council. He also appointed co-chairs Daniel J. McSweeney '94 and Julie L. Cushman '06. The council is made up of alumni donors and volunteers committed to advancing the school and ensuring that the value of a Lang degree continues to appreciate. It is international in scope and includes founding member Elisa Donovan '94, who resides in Los Angeles. The council meets three times a year via video conferencing and once a year in person when they assemble in New York for a leadership retreat with other members of the New School's volunteer community.

Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy

On November 12, 2007, the Milano Dean's Alumni Council held its inaugural meeting in the Orozco Room at The New School.  Chaired by Gail Freeman '86, a longstanding member of the Milano Board of Governors, the council is a historic initiative for the school. It comprises alumni donors and volunteers who are committed to advancing the school and ensuring that the value of a Milano degree continues to appreciate.

Parents Leadership Councils

Parsons The New School for Design

The Parsons Parents Leadership Program is an ongoing effort to raise unrestricted support for the school's highest priorities. Unrestricted gifts provide a flexible source of income used to address immediate needs of students. Parsons students are engaged citizens, outstanding designers, and business leaders who rely on first-rate resources to pursue their distinctive paths. Several educational opportunities that define the Parsons experience are made possible by annual fund gifts.

Leadership giving is an especially meaningful way to demonstrate your support for students and to invest in the future value of a Parsons degree. Parents who participate at the leadership level set an example for other parents, alumni, and friends. Through the generosity of parent donors, Parsons continues to offer a world-class design education.

Leadership gifts from parents support:

  • Competitive scholarships
  • Curricular revision, development, and implementation
  • Recruitment and retention of world-class faculty
  • New design facilities, labs, and technology upgrades
  • Socially conscious projects and internships

By making a leadership gift to the annual fund of $1,000 or more, parents gain membership to the Frank Alvah Parsons Society. As a member of this select group, you receive invitations to lectures, exhibition openings, and special events. You also receive prominent recognition in school literature, including re:D, the Parsons alumni magazine. Most importantly, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you've made a difference in the lives of future design leaders.

Parents and families support the school in other ways as well. Additional volunteer opportunities include:

  • Hosting regional events for parents and alumni
  • Making solicitation and thank-you phone calls on behalf of the Annual Fund
  • Serving as advocates for the school and resources for incoming parents and families

Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts

Los Angeles parents and friends of Eugene Lang College play a key role in the college's leadership. They have provided a steadfast source of support and encouragement to two succeeding administrations and have contributed to the progress of the institution with a generosity that has enriched the community and profoundly encouraged the school's idealistic vision of American education in the 21st century. In the fall of 2008, Eugene Lang College formally established the Los Angeles Leadership Council (LALC). The council, working alongside the college's board of governors, will become permanently and profoundly enfranchised in steering and supporting Lang toward its goal of becoming one of the best urban liberal arts college in the nation.

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