Dr. Linda G. Mills will become president of New York University (NYU), effective Jul. 1. She will be the first woman president of the university.
Mills’s time at NYU has been extensive and spans 24 years, having taken on roles as vice chancellor and senior vice provost for global programs and university life; the Lisa Ellen Goldberg Professor of Social Work, Public Policy, and Law; executive director of the NYU Center on Violence and Recovery; and longtime member of the NYU’s senior leadership team.
Mills is also a social scientist; licensed clinical social worker; an attorney known for research on domestic violence; and an award-winning filmmaker.
“Linda has been deeply involved in many of NYU’s most important undertakings over the past decade,” said William Berkley, Chair of the NYU Board of Trustees. “She brings a data-driven approach to analysis and decision-making, yet never loses sight of the very human elements at the heart of a university - the passion of scholars for their field, the interaction between faculty member and student, the ambitions and welfare of students in and out of the classroom, and the trust that students’ families place in us. As Board Chair and an alumnus, I take great pride in NYU and how far it has come since my student days; nevertheless, there is still much work to do. My colleagues on the Board and I have complete confidence that Linda is just the right person to continue to carry on NYU’s academic trajectory.”
Mills holds a Ph.D. in health policy from Brandeis University; a MSW from San Francisco State University; a J.D. from the University of California College of the Law, San Francisco; and a B.A. in history and social thought from the University of California, Irvine.