As the chair of the university’s board of trustees, I have the opportunity to observe the extraordinary talent of our students and the dedication of our faculty and staff. I also have the good fortune to work with a committed and engaged volunteer community. These remarkable individuals bring experience and expertise to the table as they advocate for and direct the evolution of The New School. This past year, we honored three of the university’s most stalwart supporters, Philip Scaturro, Eugene Lang, and Walter Eberstadt, as lifetime trustees. We are grateful to these individuals for the valuable counsel and steadfast support they have offered The New School throughout their combined 90 years of service.
This year, the university lost an esteemed member of its volunteer community. Malcolm Klein, a trustee for more than 30 years, passed away in January 2012. Since joining the board of trustees in 1979, he epitomized committed leadership and passion, serving on multiple committees and initiating the deferred giving program for donors. During his tenure with the university, Malcolm was honored for his selfless efforts with a Distinguished Service Award and an honorary degree.
The New School community is made up of individuals who constantly question the status quo, seek opportunity, and act in the name of aesthetic and progressive ideals. That spirit is manifested in the construction of the University Center at the heart of our campus. This LEED-certified building will provide much-needed housing and state-of-the-art education space. I am pleased to report that we are on schedule to offer student housing in the new building in August 2013 and classes in January 2014.
Thank you for your belief in this special institution, for your commitment to its mission, and for being a part of its future.
Michael J. Johnston
The New School Board of Trustees