The New School
November 30, 2009

Message To The University Community

We are writing to update you on some leadership and structural changes at The New School for General Studies (NSGS) and Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy. As you may know, NSGS Dean Linda Dunne went on leave at the start of this semester because of a serious family matter. We are grateful to the associate deans, directors, and others at NSGS who have take on extra responsibilities to ensure that NSGS has continued to operate smoothly.

To provide continuous high-level academic leadership for NSGS on an interim basis, we have asked Lisa Servon to serve as dean of both Milano and NSGS for the remainder of this academic year. Dean Servon has done a stellar job as Milano’s dean over the past year. She has been a successful fundraiser; she has initiated ambitious new programs; and she has earned the respect and support of faculty and students. She has also been actively engaged in University-wide planning, and we have high confidence in her capacity to provide strong leadership for both divisions.

We have made several related interim appointments within both NSGS and Milano to ensure that all of the programs in both divisions will continue to run smoothly during this period. Simultaneously, we have also advanced conversations that began last year about aligning the Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA) with Milano – a connection that makes sense in light of their shared academic interests.

Dean Servon will serve as dean of both Milano and NSGS through next August, after which she will go on sabbatical and then return to the faculty the following year. Dean Dunne will be on a sabbatical next spring and then will return to the faculty in 2010-11. Normally we would have formally announced each of these dean’s transitional plans this fall, but the suddenness of Dean Dunne’s departure necessitated that we move quickly to establish continuity for the current year with an eye toward next year and beyond.

We are moving forward with searches for both a new dean for Milano/GPIA and a new dean for NSGS. The simultaneous leadership transitions create a timely opportunity to position Milano and NSGS for the future, and we plan to do this by creating a stronger bond between the two divisions that will go beyond the current interim year. There is an exciting opportunity for these two divisions to extend their respective strengths and to form a new divisional structure housing a fuller range of programs combining theory and practice, along with new University degree programs addressing contemporary issues. Dean Servon has already begun to create task forces to help foster collaboration and shared governance between Milano and NSGS and we will continue these planning discussions as we advance the searches for the new deans. We are committed to the continued legacy and high degree of success of the programs within these divisions while building bridges that will make them even stronger together.

Bob Kerrey

Bob Kerrey

Tim Marshall

Tim Marshall

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