The New School has appointed its first black president and the first person of color to lead the institution in its 100 year history. Dr. Dwight A. McBride will serve as the ninth president of the New School, which regards itself as a nexus for scholars, artists, and designers. The announcement comes as The New School celebrates its Centennial, a milestone of academic leadership, public engagement, and creative experimentation.

Established in 1919, the New York City school includes several colleges, Parsons School of Design, the New School for Social Research, and the College of Performing Arts, which encompasses the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, among them. The news was announced Oct. 11.

Dr. McBride will assume his new position as President of The New School in Spring 2020. He has been Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of African American Studies, Distinguished Affiliated Professor of English, and Associated Faculty in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory since 2017.

Dr. McBride is the founder and co-editor of the James Baldwin Review. He is co-editor of A Melvin Dixon Critical Reader (University of Mississippi Press, 2006) and author of Impossible Witnesses: Truth, Abolitionism, and Slave Testimony (New York University Press, 2001).

Professor McBride is a graduate of Princeton University in New Jersey, where he majored in English and African American studies. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.

We are extremely pleased to welcome Dwight to The New School,” Joseph R. Gromek, chair of the board of trustees and co-chair of the presidential search committee, said in a statement.

“Dwight is a phenomenal leader, a builder of complex programs, an academic, and a scholar who has a great appreciation for our mission, values and goals. His exceptional experience embodies a commitment to all aspects of academic excellence and demonstrates his dedication to ensuring students are at the center of higher education’s mission. As The New School marks its Centennial and we look forward to the next one hundred years, he is clearly the right leader for this university at this extraordinary moment in its history.”


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