Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell to Become President of Spelman College

Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell

Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell

From Dean Allyson Green:

Dear Tisch Community,

It is with great pride, and some sadness, that I share with you the exciting news that Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, Dean Emerita of the Tisch School of the Arts and University Professor of Art and Public Policy, will be leaving the NYU faculty to become President of Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

It is hard to imagine Tisch without Dean Emerita Campbell, so synonymous has she become with the spirit of the school. We will miss her presence, but continue to benefit from all that she accomplished.  Her remarkable 22 years at the helm marked a period of great innovation and expansion, both in terms of academics - pioneering such new programs as game design, moving image archiving, and recorded music - as well as in the quality of students and faculty we attracted, whose academic credentials and diversity increased greatly during her tenure.  Her Talent Identification Program, which scouted, supported and mentored highly talented/high need students from around the country, helped to make her one of the nation's leading advocates for widening access to arts education.  As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the school next year, we will be to certain to celebrate her remarkable role in that history.

Dean Emerita Campbell has been a leader in education, the arts and the public sector for nearly 40 years. Her embrace of the arts extended beyond the campus into the city: from positions she held before coming to lead Tisch -- executive director of the Studio Museum of Harlem, NYC Commissioner of Cultural Affairs -- to her more recent appointments -- the Board of the Public Theater, the Board of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the NY State Council on the Arts, the American Academy of Arts and Science, and the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.  She was truly emblematic of a university that is "in and of the city."

I am sure that Mary will bring the same brilliance, passion, confident leadership, and unflagging commitment to social justice and education to the Spelman campus that benefited Tisch and NYU for so many years.  While we will miss her greatly, we are happy that she has found a new special role at Spelman, so that her leadership will inspire new generations of women to make from the ordinary the extraordinary, just as she has.

Please join me in wishing her congratulations and all the best as she embarks on this new and exciting chapter of her career.