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President Yager’s Response to United Academics of Philadelphia Faculty Union

We have received your request for voluntary recognition of a faculty union represented by United Academics of Philadelphia. In our current environment, a fair and transparent voting process is one of the most important parts of our democratic society and culture.

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President Yager Calls for Applicants to DEI Fellows Program

We are pleased to announce a call for applicants for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Student Fellowship, furthering the University's goal to empower students to play a meaningful and leading role in institutional anti-racism and diversity work. This compensated position will begin this academic year 2020-2021.

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President Yager Addresses Racial Violence in Wisconsin

Earlier this week, we prepared to send an announcement and call for applicants for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Student Fellows program. Though I am proud of the initiative, I am so appalled by the recent shooting of Jacob Blake that I must address this recent deplorable event today.

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President Yager Welcomes Students to Fall 2020 Semester

As we approach the start of classes, I want to extend a personal welcome as we commence a semester like no other. Over the weeks and months ahead, you are going to have big choices to make.

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President Yager Announces Student Support Challenge

UArts exists for one purpose, and one purpose alone: our students. I’ll be blunt: Some of our students are in trouble, and we need your help to make a difference in their lives.

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President Yager Announces Juneteenth Holiday at UArts

As you may know, yesterday Mayor Kenney signed an executive order declaring Juneteenth (June 19) a citywide holiday to honor and celebrate the end of slavery in the U.S., aligning with Governor Wolf’s declaration from last year that named Juneteenth “National Freedom Day” throughout Pennsylvania.

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UArts Community Message from David Yager on Anti-Racism Actions (June 10, 2020)

How is UArts turning from words of acknowledgement and commitment to actual and identifiable change? I would like to share a few steps of action we are taking right now.

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President David Yager Responds to Racial Violence (June 2, 2020)

It is with continued sadness I write to you this afternoon - on the eighth day of protest across the country in direct response to the unjust death of George Floyd and systemic racism that continues to plague our nation.

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President David Yager's Response to Events in Minnesota (May 29, 2020)

May 29, 2020: Dear students, faculty and staff,I write to you again this afternoon, but this time with great sadness and grief as we continue to follow and reflect on the horrific event of George Floyd dying face down on the street under the knee of a police officer in Minnesota.

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Message from the President: Lightbox Film Center to join UArts

October 14, 2019 - I write with exciting news for the University and for the Philadelphia cultural community. The Lightbox Film Center, which has been a program of International House Philadelphia (IHP) for more than 40 years, will transfer from IHP to University of the Arts starting in January 2020.

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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

Shelton
Shelton Walker

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

Director for Institutional Research

Senior Staff

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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

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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
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Erin Elman

Dean, Graduate & Professional Studies; Interim Dean, School of Art
Donna Faye Burchfield Headshot
Donna Faye Burchfield

Dean, School of Dance
Marc
Marc Dicciani

Interim Dean, School of Theater
Micah Jones
Micah Jones

Dean, School of Music
Mark Tocchet
Mark Tocchet

Dean, School of Design
Wendy Weinberg
Wendy Weinberg

Dean, School of Film

 

Board of Trustees
Affiliation & Officers
2020
2021

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
 Ralph Citino  Director, Friedman LLP

Eleanor L. Davis

Arts Patron

Deanna S. DeCherney 66

President, The National Design Service Inc.

Patricia Fowler

Overseer, CraftNow

 Travis Gaylord   Managing Director, Accenture

Amy H. Goldman

Civic Leader

Peter Haas

Teacher and History Department Head, Devon Preparatory School

Nathaniel P. Hamilton Jr. 07

Owner, NPH Photography

Seth Lehr

Partner, LLR Partners

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

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

 Stephen Sypherd  Senior Vice President and General Counsel, FS Investment   Corporation

Raj Tewari

Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director, Glenmede

Laurie Wagman

Founder and Chairman, American Theater Arts for Youth Inc.

Harriet G. Weiss

Chief Executive Officer, Hippographics Inc.

David Yager, ex officio

President, 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
Karl Staven  Program Director, Animation, School of Film
Fadi Skeiker (non-voting faculty representative) Associate Professor, Ira Brind School of Theater Arts

 

 

                                   

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.

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