In his message to the University community on March 2, 2016, President Hamilton tasked the Affordability Steering Committee with exploring "a wide range of strategies for reducing the cost of attending NYU while ensuring the continued upward trajectory of our research and teaching missions." President Hamilton continued: "I have confidence that the Affordability Steering Committee, drawing on the ideas and expertise in our community and elsewhere, will develop ideas that will make NYU more affordable for more students without harming academic quality or impairing NYU’s momentum."

The groups will solicit ideas and input from members of the NYU community, analyze the feasibility and impact of various strategies, and deliver updates and reports on progress.

Steering Committee Members


Ellen Schall
Senior Presidential Fellow and Martin Cherkasky Professor of Health Policy and Management


Jelena Kovačević
William R. Berkley Professor and Dean of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Antonio Merlo
Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science


Scott Illingworth
Assistant Arts Professor, Tisch; CFSC

Allen Mincer
Professor, Physics Department, Faculty of Arts and Science; TFSC

Praveen Nayyar
Associate Professor of Management and Operations Management, Stern School of Business

Lisette Nieves
Clinical Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Allison Squires
Associate Professor, NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing; TFSC

David Stasavage
Divisional Dean of Humanities and Julius Silver Professor of Politics, Faculty of Arts and Science


Rosa Alejandra Báez
Class of 2020, Gallatin School of Individualized Study

Alex Hunter
MPA Candidate, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service; University Senator


Carrie Prendergast
Assistant Director of Enrollment Services, Silver School of Social Work, Administrative Management Council

Working Group Members


Ellen Schall
Senior Presidential Fellow and Martin Cherkasky Professor of Health Policy and Management


Erin Callihan
Senior Director, Interactive Media Strategies & Global Communications

Sabrina Ellis
Vice President, Human Resources

Ann-Laure Fayard
Associate Professor of Management, NYU Tandon School of Engineering; Affiliated Faculty, NYU Stern School of Business

Bethany Godsoe
Associate Vice President, Leadership Initiatives Program

Lynn Higinbotham
Associate Vice President for Financial Aid

Anthony Jiga
Vice President for Budget & Planning

MJ Knoll-Finn
Vice President for Enrollment Management

Karen Krahulik
Associate Dean, Academic and Faculty Affairs, NYU School of Professional Studies

Tyra Liebmann
Associate Vice President for Global Programs

Owen Moore
Assistant Vice President, Campus Services

Jennifer Pautz
Director, NYU Governement Affairs

Edie E. Peckl
Executive Director, Procurement

Brian Perillo
Associate Vice President of Alumni Relations

Bernard J. Savarese
Assistant Vice President for Student Success

Pietrina Scaraglino
Deputy General Counsel and Associate Secretary

Marc Wais
Senior Vice President for Student Affairs