the new school appoints helen wussow as dean and senior vice president of open campus

Wussow will lead the dynamic center for executive, continuing and pre-college education

Helen Wussow has been appointed Dean and Senior Vice President of Open Campus, The New School’s dynamic center for executive, continuing and pre-college education.

November 13, 2017, New York, NY — The New School today announced that Helen Wussow, formerly Dean of the College of Continuing Education at California State University, Sacramento, has been appointed Dean and Senior Vice President of Open Campus, the university’s dynamic center for executive, continuing and pre-college education. Wussow will formally join The New School in March 2018.  

“Helen’s exceptional experience in higher education and online learning, along with her leadership expertise, will be integral to advancing the mission of Open Campus,” said David Van Zandt, President of The New School. “Open Campus is a vibrant part of the university, and I am delighted that Helen will be leading the program into the future through expanded course offerings, strategic partnerships, and more.”

In her new role, Wussow will lead the academic and operational development of Open Campus, which provides far-reaching, relevant and flexible offerings for adult, youth and executive learners. Working closely with deans and other colleagues throughout The New School, she will play an important role in building new opportunities to extend the reach of the university’s academic offerings to new student audiences.

“Drawing on her deep experience in online, executive and continuing education, Helen brings an ambitious vision for the future that will guide the ongoing growth and success of Open Campus,” said Tim Marshall, Provost of The New School. “Her academic background and ongoing scholarship are also a perfect fit for The New School. I look forward to working with Helen and am pleased to welcome her to The New School community.”

Wussow added, "I have always admired The New School and its mission as a progressive institution to provide an educational experience without boundaries. I am delighted to join the university as Dean of Open Campus and look forward to working closely with the faculty, administration, students and the broader community to build upon its notable legacy.”

Wussow comes to The New School after serving as Dean of the College of Continuing Education at California State University, Sacramento, a college offering degree, non-degree, contract, and training programs to more than 30,000 students annually. She previously was the dean of Lifelong Learning at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, overseeing online course offerings, evening and weekend degree completion programs, noncredit certificates and diplomas, and educational outreach initiatives. Prior to Simon Fraser, Wussow was an associate dean at New York University, assistant dean at Brooklyn College-City University of New York, and assistant vice president of academic affairs at the University of Memphis.

Wussow has held faculty positions throughout her career, most recently as a professor of English at CSU Sacramento. She is the author of numerous books, chapters, and articles on Virginia Woolf, D.H. Lawrence, and feminist literary theory. Wussow studied English Language and Literature at Oxford University, where she earned her Master’s degree and D.Phil, and at Minnesota State University, Moorhead, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree.

Founded in 1919, The New School was born out of principles of academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. Committed to social engagement, The New School today remains in the vanguard of innovation in higher education, with more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students challenging the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. Through Open Campus, The New School welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education courses and calendar of lectures, screenings, readings, and concerts. Learn more at


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