January 3, 2019

Rachel Schreiber Named Executive Dean of Parsons School of Design at The New School

NEW YORK—Dr. Rachel Schreiber has been appointed executive dean of Parsons School of Design at The New School following an international search. Her tenure begins July 1, 2019. Schreiber succeeds Joel Towers, who will now direct The New School’s Tishman Environment and Design Center and serve as University Professor after leading Parsons as executive dean for nearly a decade.

Schreiber has more than twenty years of experience in higher education and design and comes to Parsons from the San Francisco Art Institute, where she served as provost and senior vice president and interim president. She was previously dean of humanities and sciences at California College of the Arts and graduate program chair at Maryland Institute College of Art. Schreiber holds a PhD in history from Johns Hopkins University, an MFA in art and critical writing from California Institute of the Arts, and a BFA in graphic design from Rhode Island School of Design. Her research focusses on gender history, labor, activism, and visual and print culture.

“I am deeply honored to be joining Parsons School of Design as executive dean,” Schreiber said. “Parsons’ rigorous and innovative curriculum, situating with 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.”

“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.”

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