Dr. Dwight A. McBride, a prominent literary scholar who is currently the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Emory University, has been named the ninth president of The New School.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Dwight to The New School,” said Joseph R. Gromek, chair of the Board of Trustees and co-chair of the President Search Committee. “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.”
McBride, who has been provost at Emory since 2017, is scheduled to take the helm at The New School next semester.
Prior to joining Emory University, McBride was dean of the Graduate School and associate provost for Graduate Education, as well as the Daniel Hale Williams Professor of African American Studies, English, and Performance Studies at Northwestern University. Previously, he was dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago and was on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh.
“I am deeply honored to accept this appointment as the next president of this wonderful institution, in the great city of New York, and am grateful to the Search Committee and the Board of Trustees for conducting such a thoughtful and engaging search process,” said McBride, who will oversee an institution with more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 146 degree programs. “I’m very much looking forward to working together with the trustees, faculty, students, staff and alumni to advance the strengths that define and differentiate The New School and position the university to shape our world at the intersection of design, the social sciences, humanities, and performing arts.”