New York University Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Navigation Skip to Sub Navigation

Statement by NYU President John Sexton On University Space Priorities Working Group Final Report

March 4, 2014
N-226

“The University Space Priorities Working Group today shared with me – as it did with the rest of the NYU community – its final report. I and the other senior members of the University Administration will be studying it carefully – as I hope my fellow faculty members, students, administrators, and other NYU community members will do -- and expect to have a full response in the next few days. But even at this juncture, there are some observations I would make.

“The Working Group’s report is an excellent document. While it does clearly affirm the need for added space in the Core and the soundness of our budgeting and financial parameters, the report also makes thoughtful, persuasive recommendations based on the high priority they rightly placed on academic space and providing our students with the best possible environment in which to excel academically that differ from the University proposals in important ways. Moreover, the report reminds the University that it has an important stewardship role to play going forward in how we maintain and improve the superblocks for our own benefit and that of the surrounding community, and that that role will be enhanced by ongoing input from a special stewardship committee.

“I would also like to thank and express my admiration for the members of the Working Group. The issue of building near our Washington Square core has been a subject of significant debate on our campus. The Working Group – led by and mostly composed of faculty, but including as well representatives from the Faculty Senators Council, the Student Senators Council, the Administrative Management Council, and the University Administration – brought great rigor, care, attention, openness, and hard effort to their task, tackling complex issues of space usage, finance, real estate and land use on behalf of the entire community. The quality of the report is emblematic of our highest tradition of reasoned discourse.

“I want to commend the chair, Ted Magder, the subcommittee chairs – Larry Maslon, Larry White and Allyson Green – and all the members of the Working group for their extraordinary work and time commitment in the service of the University. The process has been a model of shared information, broad consultation and open and civil dialogue.”

This Press Release is in the following Topics:
Faculty

Type: Press Release

Press Contact: John Beckman | (212) 998-6848


Search News



NYU In the News

Entrepreneurship Lab Opens at NYU

Crain’s New York Business covered the opening of the Mark and Debra Leslie Entrepreneurial eLab, which will be the headquarters for NYU’s Entrepreneurial Institute and all of the University’s programs aimed at promoting innovation and startups.

A Globalizer for N.Y.U. in Abu Dhabi

The New York Times profiled Bill Bragin who will become the first executive artistic director of NYU Abu Dhabi’s new performing arts center.

Think Tank to Ponder a Future for Ballet

The New York Times profiled Jennifer Homans, the director of NYU’s new Center for Ballet and the Arts.

The Brilliant Ten: Jonathan Viventi Builds Devices That Decode Thoughts

Popular Science named Assistant Bioengineering Professor Jonathan Viventi as one of its “brilliant ten” for his research into brain implants that could one day halt epileptic episodes:

Living and Leaving the Dream: Adrian Cardenas’ Journey from the Major Leagues to College

The New York Times ran a feature on Adrian Cardenas, a former major league baseball player who is now studying philosophy and creating writing at NYU.

NYU Footer