DATE: October 29, 2021
TO:  The Silver School of Social Work community
FROM: President Andrew Hamilton and Provost Katherine Fleming

Tremendous thanks to all who participated in the conversations about the future of the school; your input has been important. We understand there were fifteen separate sessions and we know you join us in extending our appreciation to Ellen and Charlton and the volunteers they enlisted to facilitate all of this.

Now that we have this input, the next step is convening the committee. We are pleased to share with you today the roster of NYU community members who will serve on the Silver School of Social Work Dean Search Committee. We are fortunate to have an excellent group of faculty, students, and administrators who have agreed to serve. We are especially pleased that Ernest Gonzalez, Associate Professor and Director of the MSW Program, will chair the Search Committee. The Search Committee members are:

Ernest Gonzales, Associate Professor; Director, MSW Program; Committee Chair

Terrance Coffie, Adjunct Lecturer; BSW ’16, MSW ‘17
Fabiola Desmont, DSW Candidate, 2022; Adjunct Professor; Field Advisor
Marya Gwadz, Professor; Associate Dean for Research; Director, Intervention Innovations Lab (IIT-Lab)
Linda Lausell Bryant, Clinical Associate Professor; Director, DSW Program; Master Teacher; Katherine and Howard Aibel Executive-in-Residence; Member, Executive Committee of the Faculty
Jennifer Manuel, Associate Professor; Co-Chair, Executive Committee of the Faculty
Linda Mills, Lisa Ellen Goldberg Professor; Professor of Social Work, Public Policy and Law; Chancellor and Senior Vice Provost for Global Programs and University Life
Courtney O’Mealley, Associate Dean, Student Affairs
Charlton McIlwain, Vice Provost for Faculty Engagement and Development and Provostial Liaison to SSW
Matthew Santirocco, Interim Seryl Kushner Dean, College of Arts and Science
Ellen Schall, Senior Presidential Fellow
Constance Silver, BS ’78, MSW ’79; Silver Dean’s Council; NYU Trustee

Given the knowledge many of you have of the field and its most outstanding professionals, we also want to invite you to submit names for the Search Committee to review. Candidates’ names can be submitted by email to

We are very grateful to the members of the Search Committee, who are taking on this essential task in addition to their existing heavy load of duties, and we ask the entire Silver community to join us in thanking them and in wishing them success.