To The New School community:
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Neil Grabois as the dean of Milano and the graduate program in International Affairs (GPIA). He begins a two-year term as dean on
Neil Grabois is a seasoned academic leader whose experience in higher education includes service as president, provost, dean, department chair, mathematics professor, and trustee. He spent eight years in the philanthropic sector and has devoted much of his career to research involving higher education and educational change.
Neil was president of Colgate University from 1988 to 1999. Under his leadership, the university’s endowment increased and its campus grew. Neil raised support for scholarships, teaching resources, and new academic initiatives. He was regarded as an enthusiastic and accessible president who taught and maintained drop-in hours for students throughout his presidency.
Prior to his service to Colgate, Neil spent 25 years at Williams College, where he held a number of senior academic positions, including provost, dean of faculty, and dean of the college. He has taught mathematics at Colgate, Williams, M.I.T., the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Oregon, the State University of New York at Albany, and Wesleyan University. Currently he teaches mathematics and university administration at Columbia University’s Teachers College. He holds a PhD and MA in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and earned his undergraduate degree at Swarthmore.
From 1999 to 2007, Neil was vice president and director of Strategic Planning and Program Coordination for the Carnegie Corporation of New York, which awards $81 million annually in grants to colleges, universities, and nonprofit organizations. Neil is a trustee of Swarthmore and Smith Colleges and has served on the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Pew Foundation Science Advisory Committee, and the American Council on Education’s Commission on Leadership Development. He is a member of the Project Pericles Board of Directors.
Neil comes to The New School at a pivotal moment. He will have a critical role leveraging the strengths of Milano and GPIA into a new unit within a revitalized division.
We are grateful to the members of the search committee who steered this process to successful conclusion with a keen sense of the needs and culture of the institution. Neil will join The New School over the summer and we look forward to formally introducing him to the university community at the start of the academic year.