Historian Katherine Fleming Named NYU Provost


Today President Andy Hamilton named Katherine Fleming, a historian who is currently NYU’s Deputy Provost and Vice Chancellor (Europe), as New York University’s new Provost, effective September 1, 2016.

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Today President Andy Hamilton named Katherine Fleming, a historian who is currently NYU’s Deputy Provost and Vice Chancellor (Europe), as New York University’s new Provost, effective September 1, 2016.

The appointment follows an extensive search process to name a successor to mathematician David McLaughlin, who has been Provost since 2002.

“I am thrilled to announce that after an international search that included extraordinary candidates, our own Katy Fleming will be the next Provost of NYU,” said President Hamilton. “I have said many times that no university has come further in such a short period than NYU. Katy has been integral to the University’s rise and I know she will be unrelenting in our quest to build one of the greatest research and teaching institutions in the world. Katy’s knowledge of the University, as well as a clear perspective on both our opportunities and our challenges, make her uniquely qualified to work with the faculty to maintain NYU’s remarkable trajectory. I am delighted to have her as a partner in this endeavor.”

“I'm honored to have been asked to work with President Hamilton, the deans, and the faculty in this role,” said Fleming. “I’m especially looking forward to collaborating with my colleagues across the university to advance our academic mission. This is an exciting but also challenging time to be at NYU. My hope is to help address the challenges and identify opportunities for growth."

Katherine (Katy) Fleming currently serves as NYU’s Deputy Provost (since 2013, and as Vice Chancellor (Europe) since 2007). In this role, she worked closely with the deans, directors, and schools on academic planning, and also provided oversight of the Provost’s Global Research Initiatives Program, which she created in 2011 and which supports faculty and graduate research at NYU’s global sites.

A historian, she is also the director of the Remarque Institute and is the Alexander S. Onassis Professor of Hellenic Culture and Civilization in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Beyond NYU, Fleming is an associate member of the History Department of the École Normale Supérieure, Paris, and is the President of the Board of the University of Piraeus, Greece. A specialist on modern Greece, the Balkans, and the Mediterranean, Fleming is most recently author of Greece: A Jewish History (Princeton, 2008), which won several prizes, among them the National Jewish Book Award and the Runciman Award.

She holds a doctorate in History from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.A. (Chicago) and B.A. (Barnard/Columbia) in Comparative Religion.

Richard Foley - professor of philosophy, former dean of NYU’s Faculty of Arts and Science and Vice Chancellor for Strategic Planning, and chair of the Provost Search Committee - noted that the selection of Katy Fleming was the culmination of a rigorous, wide-reaching process.

“The search committee was encouraged by President Hamilton to cast a wide net, and it did so,” he said. “In all, more than 450 potential candidates were considered. The committee interviewed the most promising and after much deliberation presented to Andy Hamilton the best of the best. The search firm, Isaacson Miller, reported that it was one of the most impressive list of finalists it had seen. Out of this long, arduous but rewarding process comes Katy Fleming, NYU’s new provost. I couldn’t be more pleased with the process or the choice.”

The committee - composed of faculty from across the university, as well as one student and one administrator - reviewed candidates from across the country and the globe.

“It was one of the premier provost searches of the past year,” said John Muckle, Principal, Isaacson Miller. “The trajectory of NYU and its academic success combined with the excitement around joining Andy Hamilton’s new administrative team made this an extremely attractive position and a very competitive process. The diversity of the pool across every dimension was stunning and a credit to the University, the president, and the search committee who worked tirelessly to identify and recruit outstanding candidates from the best universities in the world.”

“I’d like to thank Dick Foley and Ellen Schall, Senior Presidential Fellow, for their hard work in chairing and staffing the committee respectively,” said Hamilton. “Each committee member also deserves a special thanks for their hard work in ensuring that we had the most qualified candidates and the most meaningful process.”

David McLaughlin steps down after nearly 14 years of service as NYU’s provost. Among the many accomplishments that occurred under his leadership are the additions of the Colleges of Nursing and Global Public Health; the merger that led to establishment of NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering; the additions of two global campuses (Abu Dhabi and Shanghai); adding several university-wide initiatives (the Institute for Public Knowledge, the Marron Institute for Urban Management, the Center for Urban Science and Progress, the Center for Data Science, and Technology-Enhanced Education); the Partners Initiative, which significantly increased tenured and tenure-track faculty in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences; and fostering faculty development and entrepreneurship activities across the campus.

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