Since 1970, the NYU Administrative Management Council has championed the professional growth and development of NYU administrators with a rich history of service to the University and our community. We invite you to explore these selected highlights from the past 50 years.


On Friday, October 23, 1970 at 10:00am, the first meeting of the AMC took place after a Memo from Chancellor Allan M. Cartter to Deans, Directors, Administrators, and Employees proposing a meeting to develop the framework of the council. Chancellor Cartter wanted the group to address questions raised about the role of administrators in University decision making.

Screenshot of a formation memo for the AMC, dated October 5, 1970

Formation memo for the Administrative Management Council, dated October 5, 1970

Cover page of the AMC By-Laws


In March, the AMC ratified its bylaws. Although many of the original procedures continue to this day, the bylaws have been routinely updated and reviewed to adapt to the needs of the council and its growing number of constituents. In 1972, there were 569 administrators represented by the Council. As of 2022, there are over 3600.


The inaugural AMC Retirees Luncheon held to help reconnect past employees with AMC. This has since become an annual event that has helped keep the engagement strong among past and present administrators at NYU. The Luncheon is an annual tradition but is one of many recurring and one-off AMC-sponsored special events, including galas, family days at Coles, comedy shows, and virtual programming.

6 members of NYU community stand around a table in NYU Gould Plaza. In the foreground is an easel sign for community tag sale

First Annual NYU Community Tag Sale, April 30, 1994


The first AMC Art Show, then called the AMC Art Exhibit is held at the Salmagundi Club on 5th Ave and starts an annual tradition that continues to this day. In 2022, the Art Show will celebrate its 25th Anniversary.

Four people holding pamphlets while looking at a wall of artwork

Room full of people seated in a meeting


After increasing our NYU senate representation in 1985 and 1997, The AMC is formally included as a voting member of the University Senate. The AMC had additional senators added in 2014 and 2016 for a current roster of 6 full senators.


OpenAMC is created in its first iteration and made available for all constituents. In 2017, the service moved to the Ideascale platform and sees record engagement in the years that follow.

Screenshot of original OpenAMC welcome page dated 2014, the page contains a NYU logo, a brief statement of purpose, directions to activate for first-time users and at the bottom the logo of Big Pulse internet platform

Screenshot of the original OpenAMC welcome page, dated 2014

Two people sitting across from each other at a table wearing nametags in front of a projector screen


The AMC Mentoring Program is launched by the newly formed AMC Ad-Hoc Professional Development Committee. The pilot year’s participants was comprised of 14 mentor-mentee pairs (28 administrators). The program has since grown to typically accommodate 60 pairs (120 administrators and clerical staff). The Mentoring Program continues to select pairs across units, bands, and years of service based on specific qualities the mentee is looking to develop.


In honor of John DeSantis, who served the AMC for over four decades as a founding member, Representative, Chairperson, and Senator, the AMC created the DeSantis Distinguished Representative Award to recognize outstanding commitment and sustained years of service by an AMC representative.

Black and white photo of John DeSantis with retirees

John DeSantis with AMC Retirees, April 5, 1991


The AMC rose to the challenges of working through the pandemic while continuing to innovate: The AMC advocated for the creation of an emergency relief fund to support NYU colleagues experiencing financial hardships. The University elevated this program to provide limited financial assistance to full-time employees (faculty, administrators, and staff) who are experiencing temporary financial hardship related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over $30,000 has been awarded to NYU community members in need. The AMC continued its programming and offerings, shifted its various events, drives, and committee meetings to virtual formats, and published the inaugural AMC Yearly. AMC Brave Conversations began from an effort by AMC employees to hold meaningful and welcoming discussions on racial equality and justice. The AMC Leadership Summit was held virtually with the inclusion of the executive committee, along with past chairs and special University guests.

Screenshot of AMC Leadership summit participants on Zoom gallery view

AMC Leadership Summit