To The New School community:
As the current academic year draws to a close, we are writing to share some news about academic leadership at The New School. It has been a year marked by promising research and exceptional teaching, and we expect the university's reputation for academic excellence to continue to grow in the coming year.
Critical to that excellence are the deans and directors who oversee the divisions. All year, they worked together to guide the faculty and shape academic planning and policy. We salute both their individual and group achievements.
We especially wish to thank the two deans who are leaving office this year: Neil Gordon and Lisa Servon.
Neil Gordon concludes his service as dean of Eugene Lang College at the end of this year, as was recently announced. He will return to the faculty following his sabbatical next year. Neil's leadership of Lang has been transformative. He has worked diligently and effectively to advance the school as both a liberal arts college of national importance and a major contributor to The New School's broader academic mission. We will soon announce the appointment of an interim dean for Lang for 2010-2011, during which time we will conduct a full search.
Lisa Servon concludes her service as dean of Milano and NSGS at the end of this year, as we announced last fall. She will return to the faculty following her sabbatical next year. Lisa has done an exceptional job overseeing both divisions during the process to plan for a new divisional structure that leverages the strengths in both. She has been a wise and enthusiastic mentor and colleague for the Milano and NSGS communities. We expect to announce the appointment of the next dean of Milano/GPIA as well as the executive dean of the broader Milano/NSGS division soon.
We are pleased to announce that the rest of the deans and directors will be continuing their service. Individually and collectively, the divisions are stronger because of their exemplary leadership.
After a long and distinguished period of service, Joel Lester has decided that 2010-2011 will be his final year as dean of Mannes College The New School for Music. We will begin a search for the next Mannes dean early in the fall.
Bob LuPone will continue serving as director of The New School for Drama.
Martin Mueller will continue serving as executive director of The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
Michael Schober will continue serving as dean of The New School for Social Research. His contract has been extended for three years, through the end of academic year 2012-2013.
Joel Towers will continue serving as dean of Parsons The New School for Design. His contract has been extended for three years, through the end of academic year 2012-2013.
We congratulate and thank all the deans and directors for their exemplary service, and we look forward to collaborating with The New School's academic leaders next year.