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Advancing Human Creativity

Through a community-led, strategic planning process we have defined our shared priorities and a vision for the future of UArts. Learn more about our core values, mission and 2019-2022 strategic plan.

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President and CEO David Yager
President David Yager joined University of the Arts in January 2016 as the institution’s fourth president since it gained university status in 1987. An accomplished visual artist, photographer and designer, he also has an extensive background as an academic, a researcher utilizing design to improve the healthcare space, an entrepreneur and a business executive.

President Yager Shares a Message of Gratitude and Reflections on the Fall Semester

This Thanksgiving week brings a well-deserved break and opportunities to travel, celebrate with family and friends, and find quiet moments of reflection on all that we remain thankful for. Before we step away for the holiday, I would like to take a moment to express my profound gratitude for this incredible creative community and for all that you have done to ensure a successful fall term for our students and the university as a whole.

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President Yager Shares a Message Regarding the 2022 Midterm Elections

Our political environment remains charged and complicated. It is a daunting time to be a member of a university community, particularly as a student and an artist living in the United States. Even as the pandemic recedes, our nation continues to grapple with many emotional challenges, from a staggering crescendo of gun violence in our communities to the abandonment of truth and respect among our leaders at the highest levels. This affects all of us at UArts.

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President Yager Welcomes the UArts Community Back to Campus for the Fall

Each year, I look forward to the start of our fall term, which brings an uplifting sense of optimism and enthusiasm as we prepare for another fruitful academic year of creative exploration. So, as many of you are returning to our campus or setting foot here for the very first time, I write today to welcome you back and welcome you home.

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President Yager Provides an Update on Masking for the Fall Semester

Beginning Monday, Aug. 22, masks will be optional for all members of our community and campus visitors in all of the university’s public spaces, including during performances, special events and other community gatherings. However, masks will still be required during student move-in and in a number of university spaces, including certain classrooms and studios as decided by faculty, and in Health Services and some other offices.

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President Yager Addresses Violence in Buffalo

My heart breaks for the people in Buffalo, and the people killed by a white supremacist and terrorist in the middle of a routine errand: going to the grocery store. I am also struck by the painful impact of gun violence and those individuals killed this weekend, in places such as Milwaukee, Los Angeles and here at home in Philadelphia.

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President's Office

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Franklyn Cantor

Chief of Staff
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Stephen Cirino

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)
Director, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility
Deborah
Deborah Duffy

Director for Institutional Research
Lauri
Lauri Millot

Director for Title IX, Equity and Compliance
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Melanie Romay

Senior Administrative Assistant
Raul Romero
Raúl Romero

Director for Special Projects

Senior Staff

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Carol Graney

Vice President for Academic Affairs
Stephen
Stephen Lightcap

Vice President for Finance & Administration
Andrew
Andrew Pack

Vice President for Advancement
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Franklyn Cantor

Chief of Staff

President's Council

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Carol Graney

Vice President for Academic Affairs
Stephen
Stephen Lightcap

Vice President for Finance & Administration
Andrew
Andrew Pack

Vice President for Advancement
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Franklyn Cantor

Chief of Staff
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Kikau Alvaro

Theater - Musical Theater (BFA)
Interim Dean, School of Theater
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Donna Faye Burchfield

Dean, School of Dance
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Erin Elman

Dean, Graduate & Professional Studies
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Kevin Haden

Dean, School of Music
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Susan Skoog

Screenwriting (BFA)
Interim Dean, School of Film
Mark Tocchet
Mark Tocchet

Dean, School of Design; Interim Dean, School of Art

Board of Trustees

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