Office of the President
For more than 145 years, University of the Arts has been constantly evolving, devoted to the art and science of creativity for a better world.
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.
After six years of service, University of the Arts’ President and CEO David Yager announced his plans to retire on June 30, 2023. As the university begins the search for its sixth president, we are committed to an open and collaborative process. Throughout our search, we will gather and incorporate significant input from the entire university community to support the successful identification and recruitment of UArts’ next leader.
University of the Arts is a uniquely exciting place. Since its founding, we have been at the forefront of educating generations of innovative artists, designers and creative leaders. The Uniquely UArts: Campaign for Creative Capital was launched in 2018 with an initial goal of $50 million to strengthen UArts’ mission to advance human creativity, with a focus on supporting four critical initiatives: enhancing the student experience, investing in faculty, re-envisioning campus and developing innovative programming.
The President’s Fund for Excellence was established by President David Yager in 2016. The fund was inspired by the Arts Dean’s Fund for Excellence at the University of California, Santa Cruz, which President Yager created in 2011 while serving in that role.
The fund supports extraordinary faculty and student project opportunities that would otherwise not be financially possible. The President’s Fund for Excellence is entirely funded by the generous support of our donors and can support travel, research, publication, and other creative projects that foster excellence and innovation.
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.
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.
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.
President Yager Announces the Inspiration Lab Artist-in-Residence Program
The Inspiration Lab Artist-in-Residence program at UArts will gather artists from our community and around the world as they seek to catalyze their burgeoning careers. These residencies will offer artists the foundation needed to reflect, experiment and produce compelling new work at a pivotal moment in their lives. Moreover, I expect these artists to bring a wide range of disciplines and innovative ideas to our campus and contribute to contemporary knowledge production within the arts.
President Yager Announces Grants for Creative Research & Innovation Recipients
Earlier this winter, I announced the Grants for Creative Research & Innovation, aimed at supporting the creative lives of UArts’ faculty and staff. Today, I am pleased to announce that our committee has selected 11 innovative projects to receive support in our inaugural round of grants.