The New School Announces $250 Million New Century Campaign, Largest Fundraising Effort in the University’s History

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New York, January 14, 2019 - The New School today announced the public phase of its New Century Campaign, the largest campus-wide fundraising effort in its history. The university has set a goal to raise $250 million to mark The New School’s Centennial anniversary as a dynamic center for scholars, artists, and activists.

The Campaign began its silent phase in July 2015 and has raised more than $163 million to date through gifts from alumni, parents, friends, foundations, and corporations. This effort will strengthen the university’s academic mission by funding priorities that include student scholarships and fellowships, faculty support, research centers, and campus renovations and expansion.

“The New Century Campaign is critical to The New School’s ability to fund important priorities going forward, but it is also an opportunity to celebrate the distinctive history and academic vision of this great university,” said Joseph R. Gromek, Chair of The New School’s Board of Trustees. “This is an exciting time for The New School, and we are committed to ensuring that our students develop both the skills and competencies to succeed in the next 100 years.”

“The New School is extraordinarily fortunate to have some of the most loyal and forward-looking supporters,” said Mark Gibbel, Chief Development Officer of The New School. “During the first phase of The New Century Campaign, we've been successful in establishing 30 new endowed scholarships and fellowships, two professorships, and opened The Making Center at Parsons School of Design, which have positively impacted our ability to recruit top talent across all of our academic areas.”

Through the generous support of The New School’s donors, the university prepares students for a world that increasingly demands innovation and rewards creativity that solves problems and improves the lives of others.

“We are profoundly grateful to the visionary alumni and friends who have stepped forward to support our mission to bring the brightest minds and very best scholars to the university,” said David E. Van Zandt, President of The New School.

The university thanks the following individuals and organizations for their early leadership support and longstanding commitment to the mission and progress of The New School.

  • Henry H. Arnhold, former member of the Board of Trustees, for his generous support of The Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility at The New School for Social Research;
  • Susan Foote, member of the Board of Trustees and chair, The New School for Social Research Board of Governors, for her generous support of faculty and students at The New School for Social Research;
  • The Lang Family and Eugene M. Lang Foundation for supporting students through scholarships, opportunity awards, fellowships, and other financial aid; providing resources necessary to hire the best new faculty; and supporting innovative curricular programs at the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts;
  • Julia Lin, Parsons School of Design parent and member of the Parsons Board of Governors, for her university-wide endowed scholarship challenge; and
  • Kay Unger, Fashion Design ‘68, member of the Board of Trustees and chair, Parsons School of Design Board of Governors, for her generous support of The Making Center at Parsons School of Design.
In support of the public phase, the university will host a series of events in cities around the world.

To learn more about The New Century Campaign, please visit

Founded in 1919, The New School was established to advance academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. A century later, The New School remains at the forefront of innovation in higher education, inspiring more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students to challenge the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. The university welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education courses and public programs that encourage open discourse and social engagement. Through our online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships, The New School maintains a global presence.



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