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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 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 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.

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President Yager Provides and Update on UArts COVID Policies for Visitors and Events

As we approach the end of the academic year and events such as Commencement and senior thesis exhibitions and performances, University of the Arts is amending several of our COVID-19 policies for visitors and indoor events and gatherings. Effective Friday, April 1, visitors to our campus will no longer be required to show proof of vaccination. Additionally, the capacity limits for special events, performances or other productions taking place in our many indoor spaces will be lifted.

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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.

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President Yager Provides an Update on Masking for the Spring Semester

Despite the repeal of the citywide mandate, high-quality masks that fit tight to your face and cover your nose and mouth will remain mandatory in all indoor campus spaces until at least the end of the spring semester. The only exceptions, shared with you via email on Jan. 6, are outlined in our Community Health Policy and remain unaltered.

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President Yager Welcomes the University Community Back to Campus

I hope that you all enjoyed a well-deserved, restorative winter break and that you are looking forward to returning to our creative campus for the start of the spring semester next week. I write to you today to thank you again for the profound optimism, resilience and flexibility you have demonstrated throughout the entire COVID-19 pandemic. It cannot be overstated how much your enduring spirit has buoyed our university throughout one of the most challenging times in our long and storied history.

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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)
Interim Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Deborah
Deborah Duffy

Director for Institutional Research
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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

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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