June 15, 2011

To the University Community:

President Van Zandt and I are pleased to announce the appointments of the next deans of Eugene Lang College and Mannes College and the new director of The New School for Drama. We are delighted to welcome these three individuals to The New School and we are enthusiastic about the energy, vision, and experience they bring to the university.

Stephanie Browner has been appointed dean of Eugene Lang College. Stephanie has an extensive record of academic leadership as well as distinction as a scholar. She comes to The New School from Berea College, a liberal arts college in Kentucky known nationally for providing a tuition-free education to low-income students. As chief academic officer, Stephanie oversaw all academic programs and centers as well as offices such as admissions and financial aid, secured more than $2 million in grants for academic innovation, and led a campus-wide scenario-planning process to ensure the college's continued excellence and economic viability.

Stephanie also held a faculty appointment at Berea as professor of English. Her scholarly interests include 19th-century American and African-American literature, the history of American medicine, digital humanities, postcolonial literature, and contemporary public health issues. She has published and lectured widely in these areas. Stephanie is extremely enthusiastic about Lang, a place, she said, that has "captured my imagination, my heart, and my intellect."

Read more about Stephanie Browner.

Richard Kessler has been appointed dean of Mannes College. He is a highly accomplished executive in arts and arts education and nonprofit organizations. His extensive experience includes many years as a professional musician and educator. Since 2004, Richard has served as executive director of the Center for Arts Education, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting arts education in the New York City public schools. Earlier he was the executive director of the American Music Center, the national service and information center for new American music, and vice president of the arts education consulting firm Artsvision.

Earlier in his career, Richard was a professional musician and Naumburg Award-winning trombonist. He performed and taught extensively for 15 years. He was a faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music and taught at a number of conservatories and organizations. Richard began his music education at Mannes and went on to received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Juilliard. Richard says that Mannes, "already such a vital part of New York City's cultural landscape, is poised to continue its transformation of what a 21st-century conservatory can be."

Read more about Richard Kessler.

Pippin Parker has been appointed director of The New School for Drama. We are especially proud to appoint Pippin, who has been a member of the Drama division's faculty for many years and has chaired the Playwriting department since 2006. As chair, Parker strengthened the Playwriting program, increasing its selectivity and visibility. He launched the school's Artist-in-Residence series, which has welcomed John Turturro, John Patrick Shanley, and others to New School classrooms, and the New Voices MFA Thesis Festival. Pippin said, "I am incredibly proud of the work we've accomplished at The New School for Drama and very excited to have the opportunity to continue developing the talents of a wonderful new generation of young theater artists."

Pippin also brings to The New School three decades of experience as a professional playwright and director. He was the founding artistic director of the renowned dramatic group Naked Angels Theatre Company and has written and directed award-winning performances for stage and screen.

Read more about Pippin Parker.

We look forward to welcoming Stephanie, Richard, and Pippin to their new roles at The New School at the start of the academic year. Our thanks go out to everyone who participated in the search process. We are also grateful to the departing deans and directors, Stefania de Kenessey, Bob Lupone, and Joel Lester, for their leadership and commitment to creating strong academic communities.

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Tim Marshall

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