It has been a remarkable year for The New School. Through our focus on creativity and social engagement, reflected in a new mission and vision statement and five-year strategic plan, the university community is bringing about positive change in the world in new and imaginative ways.
This year we attracted major new support to advance the kind of work we do best. A Rockefeller Foundation grant to launch social innovation projects is just one example. We are on the move globally, with our first classes at the new Parsons Paris campus and new partnerships in Mumbai and Shanghai. We have seen unprecedented collaborations between artists, designers, social researchers, policymakers, writers, and media producers across and beyond our New York City campus. Perhaps the most prominent and tangible symbol of our vision is the new University Center at Fifth Avenue and 13th Street, which promises to become a crossroads for students across The New School and a cultural hub for lower New York City.
Along with making investments in our programs and our campus, we have strengthened our organization to support the next generation of New School students. We have made service improvements a priority and are taking steps to bring together many of our services and resources for students under the aegis of the new Center for Student Success. We are pushing ourselves harder to ensure that students have a broad range of opportunities while they are at The New School and that they graduate with the capacities they need to meet the challenges of today’s professional world, where careers and success are defined more than ever by inventiveness, entrepreneurial spirit, and resilience.
The New School continues to welcome those with the imagination, values, and courage to challenge the status quo, engage with the issues of our day, and collaboratively lead change. I am proud to be president of a university so well suited to the conditions of the present and the future. And I am grateful to the trustees, donors, and supporters who share my confidence in our students and my highest hopes for their success.
David E. Van Zandt
The New School