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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.

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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Message from the President: Freedom to Speak Without Being Bullied

April 29, 2019 - No UArts community member, whether faculty, staff or student, should face fear or intimidation in exercising their rights to free speech, dissent or demonstration. We will not stand by quietly while abusive critics—all from outside our campus community—seek to divide us.

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Message from the President: Freedom of Expression

April 10, 2019 - Across our nation it is all too common that opinions expressed that differ from another’s—especially those that are controversial—can spark passion and even outrage, often resulting in calls to suppress that speech. That simply cannot be allowed to happen. I firmly believe that limiting the range of voices in society erodes our democracy.

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Update: Excellent Middle States Report

March 13, 2019 - The Middle States Commission on Higher Education review team, visiting campus as part of the eight-year accreditation cycle, praised UArts for many of our recent accomplishments.

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New University Brand Standard & Style Guide

November 9, 2018 - At its core, UArts’ brand is our reputation, I am pleased to share we are launching a new brand standard and style guide for the University that will be rolled out over the next several months.

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Message from the President: UArts Transgender Students, Faculty and Staff

November 7, 2018 - At a time when the federal Health and Human Services Department is reportedly looking into narrowing the legal definition of gender under Title IX, I want to strongly reaffirm the University of the Arts’ support of our transgender, non­-binary and gender nonconforming students, faculty and staff.

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Message from the President: Vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6

November 2, 2018 - On Tuesday, November 6, you will have the opportunity to do something extraordinary—to have a real say in the direction of our nation.

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Message from the President: Tragedy in Pittsburgh

October 29, 2018 - I am grieving for the Jewish community in Pittsburgh, and most especially for the members of the Tree of Life synagogue. Our nation was stunned this weekend by the hateful and senseless killings there.

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President's Office

Susannah
Susannah Ayscue

Assistant to the President
Carley
Carley Johnson

Senior Administrative Assistant
Shelton
Shelton Walker

Chief of Staff / Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
Deborah
Deborah Duffy

Director for Institutional Research

Paul Healy head shot
Paul Healy

Associate Vice President for University Communications
Neil
Neil Kleinman

Director for Corzo Center for Creative Economy
Lexi
Lexi Morrison

Title IX & Diversity Administrator
alan
Alan Price

Director of the Center for Immersive Media

Senior Staff

carol
Carol Graney

Vice President for Academic Affairs
Rick Long | VP for Academic Operations | VP for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs
Rick Longo

VP for Academic Operations | VP for Enrollment Mgmt. & Student Affairs
Stephen
Stephen Lightcap

Vice President for Finance & Administration
Andrew
Andrew Pack

Vice President for Advancement
Shelton
Shelton Walker

Chief of Staff / Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives

President's Council

carol
Carol Graney

Vice President for Academic Affairs
Rick Long | VP for Academic Operations | VP for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs
Rick Longo

VP for Academic Operations | VP for Enrollment Mgmt. & Student Affairs
Stephen
Stephen Lightcap

Vice President for Finance & Administration
Andrew
Andrew Pack

Vice President for Advancement
Shelton
Shelton Walker

Chief of Staff / Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives

 

Board of Trustees
Affiliation & Officers
2019
2020

Officer

Affiliation

Jeffrey A. Lutsky, Chairman

Managing Partner, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP

Brian Effron, Vice Chairman

CEO, Healthcare Administrative Partners LLC

William R. Gast, 68, Secretary

Principal, Chief Executive Officer, Mangos

Bruce Kardon, Treasurer

President & Chief Investment Officer, Conservest Capital Advisors Inc

 

 

Member

Affiliation

Judson A. Aaron 81

Shareholder, Conrad O’ Brien PC

 Joseph Aristone  Executive Vice President and Head of Leasing, PREIT

Karin Copeland 83

CEO, Create X Change

Eleanor L. Davis

Arts Patron

Deanna S. DeCherney 66

President, The National Design Service Inc.

Patricia Fowler

Overseer, CraftNow

Amy H. Goldman

Civic Leader

Nathaniel P. Hamilton Jr. 07

Owner, NPH Photography

Anthony Kyriakakis

Of Counsel, Dilworth Paxson LLP

Elaine C. Levitt

Arts Patron

Robert G. Little 81

Senior Design Principal, L2P

Karen Lotman

Co-Founder, Macula Vision Research Foundation

Dr. Noel Mayo 60

Professor Emeritus, Ohio State University

Thomas M. Miles 75

President, Miles and Generalis Inc.

Ronald Naples

Chairman Emeritus, Quaker Chemical Corporation

Adolf A. Paier

President, Novus Corporation

Lawrence S. Reichlin

Chairman, Zuckerman Honickman Inc.

Ebonne Ruffins

Vice President, Local Media Development, Comcast

Mark Samuels

Former Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, SEI Corporation

Carole Shanis

Former Board Chair, Philadelphia Art Alliance

Stephen Sypherd

Senior Vice President and General Counsel, FS Investment Corporation

Laurie Wagman

Founder and Chairman, American Theater Arts for Youth Inc.

Harriet G. Weiss

Chief Executive Officer, Hippographics Inc.

David Yager, ex officio

President, The University of the Arts

 

Life Trustees

 

Affiliation

Ira Brind

President, Brind Investments Inc.

Sam S. McKeel

Civic Leader

 

 

Trustees Emeriti

Affiliation

George A. Beach 58

Chairman and CEO, Beach Creative Communications

Mary Louise Beitzel 51

Arts Patron

Sondra Myers

Consultant, International Civic and Cultural Projects, University of Scranton

Albert E. Wolf  

Civic Leader

   
Faculty Representative Affiliation
Krista Apple Assistant Professor, Ira Brind School of Theater
   

 

 

                                   

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