by Stephen Garner
Dr. Rachel Schreiber
Dr. Rachel Schreiber

The New School has announced that Dr. Rachel Schreiber, most recently provost and senior vice president at San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), has been appointed executive dean of The New School’s Parsons School of Design. Schreiber will formally join Parsons on July 1, 2019.

Schreiber’s appointment follows a robust international search for a strong leader to advance Parsons’ mission and integrate design more broadly throughout The New School and beyond. As executive dean, she will serve as Parsons’ principal academic and strategic leader, overseeing an innovative curriculum; financial growth and resource management; fundraising and partnerships; and administration and culture. She succeeds Joel Towers, who concludes his decade-long tenure as Executive Dean of Parsons School of Design in June 2019. Towers will take on new responsibilities as a University Professor and Director of The New School’s Tishman Environment and Design Center.

“We are thrilled Rachel chose to bring her extensive experience in design, the fine arts, and humanities to The New School,” said David E. Van Zandt, president of The New School. “Rachel’s strength as a leader comes at a crucial moment for Parsons and the university as we continue to evolve, innovate, and imagine the school’s next stage of development.”

“Drawing on her deep experience in disciplines that are central to Parsons and the university, Rachel brings a fresh and distinctive perspective that will guide the ongoing success of Parsons,” said Tim Marshall, provost of The New School. “I look forward to working with Rachel and am delighted to welcome her to the university community.”

With more than 20 years of experience in higher education and design, Schreiber is an American gender historian, artist, and designer. She comes to The New School from the San Francisco Art Institute where she most recently served as provost and senior vice president, and as interim president in 2016. Before joining SFAI, Schreiber was Dean of Humanities and Sciences at California College of the Arts for five years. She previously served as Graduate Program Chair at the Maryland Institute College of Art for eight years.

“I am deeply honored to be joining Parsons School of Design as Executive Dean,” said Schreiber. “Parsons’ rigorous and innovative curriculum, situated within The New School with its emphasis on social research, emphasizes the value of design to a just and civic society. I look forward to working closely with the faculty, administration, students, and the broader community to help shape the next generation of leaders in design and other creative professions.”