New York, March 3, 2009—The New School today announced the appointment of Tim Marshall, dean of Parsons The New School for Design, as interim provost of the university for a term that will begin March 16, 2009. Following a constructive dialogue between the President, the Deans, the faculty and the trustees of The New School an agreement was reached to substantially increase the authority of the provost as chief academic officer. With this authority, Marshall will be charged with transforming the office. At the conclusion of his term, Marshall will return to his role as dean of Parsons.
“As a respected member of The New School community, Tim Marshall is a proven leader,” said Bob Kerrey, president of The New School. “Tim has a demonstrated understanding of both the rich academic history of the university and our ambitious goals for creating a "new" New School for the 21st century, with innovative curricula that addresses the complexities of today's world. This appointment was a truly collaborative process and I thank the interim search committee for their work in identifying strong candidates for this important position. This is a momentous change in the university's history. I believe that Tim’s university-wide support will help him meet the significant challenges ahead in rebuilding and strengthening the Provost’s Office, especially during this very difficult economic climate.”
Following the departure of Provost Joseph Westphal in December, faculty and students initiated a dialogue with New School President Bob Kerrey and the university community regarding the need for a comprehensive review of the provost’s role and a greater emphasis on shared governance. In response, Bob Kerrey formed a search committee of deans, faculty, students, and trustees to recommend an internal candidate to serve as provost for a defined period while the office is restructured. Tim Marshall was appointed interim provost by President Kerrey after receiving a strong and enthusiastic recommendation from the search committee and the expressed support of the university’s deans and officers, faculty, and board of trustees. Marshall and Kerrey will work with a search committee to identify an interim dean of Parsons The New School for Design. The search for a provost to succeed Marshall in 2010 will move forward at a later date.
“I am proud to be a part of this significant moment in The New School’s history,” said Tim Marshall. “The university community has come together to engage in a collaborative and constructive process to create a more unified vision for the university’s future. I look forward to working with the faculty, students and the administration to ensure this process is one of open communication, an inclusive environment, and a continued respect for our valued traditions.”
As part of an effort to strengthen the position of provost, the deans of the university worked with President Kerrey to make changes to the responsibilities of the position. In addition to the provost’s established responsibilities of overseeing academic planning, policy, and institutional research, the provost will now have authority over a newly created academic budget. This will include helping to develop a multi-year planning process that plans ahead on enrollment targets, faculty hiring, curriculum planning, and other issues.
Tim Marshall has served as dean of Parsons The New School for Design since July 2006, after serving as associate dean of academic affairs since 2004. A pioneer in art and design education, Parsons is one of the most prestigious and comprehensive schools of art and design in the world. Marshall's accomplishments at The New School have been impressive. They include the initiation and development of an ambitious and comprehensive academic plan for the school that emphasizes a stronger, academically led faculty culture and the creation of a more integrated and comprehensive suite of design degrees including new Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate programs. Marshall was awarded tenure as a faculty member in 2008. Prior to joining Parsons, from 1994-2004, Tim served in a number of academic leadership positions at the University of Western Sydney in Australia, including Chair of the School of Design, and director of Academic and International Programs. In the past decade, he has also served as a consultant to academic institutions in Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, China and Singapore. Marshall has written and lectured extensively on academic topics related to design research and design education and for professional design journals, and co-edited the Design Dictionary: Perspectives in Design, the first publication of its kind in print.
About The New School
Located in the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village, The New School is a center of academic excellence where intellectual and artistic freedoms thrive. The 10,200 matriculated students and more than 6,400 continuing education students who attend the university’s eight schools enjoy a disciplined education supported by small class sizes, superior resources, and renowned working faculty members who practice what they teach. The eight schools of the university are: The New School for General Studies, The New School for Social Research, Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy, Parsons The New School for Design, Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, Mannes College The New School for Music, The New School for Drama, and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. For more information, please visit www.newschool.edu.
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