New School president donates $100,000 to help his students hurt by COVID

The new president of The New School community has kicked off his term with a donation to the University’s student emergency assistance fund.

Dr. Dwight A. McBride is the university’s ninth president.

An accomplished academic and author who most recently served as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Emory University, President McBride also joins The New School faculty as a University Professor.

He succeeds Dr. David E. Van Zandt, who concludes his service after nearly a decade as president.

His arrival comes at a time of unexpected and unprecedented challenges for the world and higher education stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. He is immediately focusing on both The New School’s short-term response and the planning to ensure the university’s resilience for the longer term.

Recognizing the significant personal and financial stress students are experiencing in the wake of the coronavirus, President McBride has made a personal, lead pledge of $100,000 to the university’s Student Emergency Assistance Program.

The program provides short-term financial support to students with specific urgent needs, focusing in these times on needs arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

In recent weeks, New School trustees, alumni, faculty, and staff have all stepped up to support the fund.

“I am honored and excited to join The New School’s extraordinary community of scholars, artists, designers and thought leaders,” said President McBride.

“One of my immediate goals is to bring the university community together during this difficult time and signal our primary commitment to our talented and dedicated students.”

Dr McBride was previously Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Emory University, where he also held the position of Asa Griggs Candler Professor of African American Studies, Distinguished Affiliated Professor of English, and Associated Faculty in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

He has also served as Dean at Northwestern University, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago and served on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh.

He received his BA in English with a certificate in African American Studies from Princeton University, and both his MA and PhD in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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