In July 2014, the Board of Trustees announced the formation of a search committee to seek a successor to John Sexton, NYU’s 15th President. The committee is chaired by William R. Berkley ’66, an NYU alumnus and chair-designee of the Board of Trustees. The Search Committee convened for its first meeting on September 15, 2014.

Isaacson, Miller, a nationally recognized executive search firm with deep experience in academic search, assisted the search committee.

As the committee began to clarify what it was seeking in and from NYU’s next President, it decided that the first order of business was to engage the community in that discussion. It organized multiple occasions to seek feedback on the opportunities and challenges of leading NYU in the coming years. This input informed the committee’s writing of a formal job profile, which was made public.

The committee has also created an email address: through which members of the community or others could suggest names or offer input and comments.

Once the job profile was complete, the search firm and the committee assessed potential candidates. Over time, the committee attempted to identify and interview the most compelling individuals until it reached a consensus on the person it believed could best lead NYU forward. Ultimately it brought that recommendation to the Board of Trustees for ratification.

Finally, the public announcement of NYU’s 16th President and an opportunity for the NYU community to engage with that person and to celebrate her/his appointment was made on March 18, 2015.