Chair's Message

Joe Gromek

I have had the privilege of being part of the New School community since 2005, when I started working with faculty, staff, and fellow volunteers and supporters, all of whom believe in the unique education The New School offers. In November 2012, I began serving as chair of The New School’s board of trustees, a role I took over from Mike Johnston, whose leadership since 2009 has helped The New School flourish. I know I speak for the entire volunteer community in expressing my gratitude to Mike for his contributions to The New School. It is reassuring to know that I can call on him and the other dedicated volunteers serving on the boards of trustees and governors for guidance and support.

The New School is poised to expand in many ways in the year to come—from the launching of new degree programs and initiatives to the opening of our University Center and Parsons Paris, our new campus in Europe. These developments will provide our students with enhanced learning opportunities, helping them build the skills they’ll need to succeed in our interconnected, urbanized, and technology-driven world. The interdisciplinary competition New Challenge is one of the university’s many initiatives that allow students to take learning outside of the classroom and make a real difference in the world. The contest, open to students across the university, calls for them to develop and then implement innovative solutions to real-world social and environmental problems.

First-rate teaching, learning opportunities that enable students to engage with practitioners throughout the city and beyond, and cross-disciplinary collaborations allow aspiring entrepreneurs, scholars, and artists to thrive while at school and after graduating. The New School is an inspiring place, and I am delighted to be part of all the exciting things that are happening here. 

Thank you for your investment in our vital community and your commitment to this special institution.

Joe Gromek
The New School Board of Trustees

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