Date: July 7, 2021
FROM: Andrew Hamilton, President; Katherine Fleming, Provost

Neil Guterman has recently informed us that he has decided to complete his service as dean at the conclusion of his fifth year in August 2022. One of the longest serving deans in a U.S. school of social work (between NYU and his prior post at the University of Chicago), he will be returning to the Silver faculty to continue his research and teaching in his role as the Paulette Goddard Professor.

During his deanship, Neil has pushed to elevate Silver to the forefront of its field through the embrace of leading-edge research that shapes social work practice. He has increased philanthropic support for innovative ideas and initiatives as well as student scholarships, and provided sustained attention to student and faculty diversity and success. The recent major gift that he secured for the school is an excellent example.
We are pleased that Neil will remain at Silver to further advance the field with teaching and research on child abuse prevention, for which he is internationally recognized. We are grateful to him for his steady-handed stewardship of the Silver School through the Covid-19 pandemic and for his continued effort and achievements as dean of the Silver School. The timing of Neil’s announcement gives us ample time to look for a successor and ensure a smooth transition. We will write to the Silver community again about the search process.

We ask you to join us in thanking Neil very much for his service as dean, and in wishing him the very best in his final year as dean and his return to the faculty.