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


Mehrin Ali
Class of 2022, College of Arts and Science; Student Government Chair

Shara Bailey
Professor, Anthropology Department, Faculty of Arts and Science; TFSC

Ryan Carney
Class of 2023, Global Liberal Studies; University Senator

Scott Illingworth
Assistant Arts Professor, Tisch; CFSC

Lynne Kiorpes
Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Science

Jack Knott
Gale and Ira Drukier Chair and Dean, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, & Human Development

Gigliana Melzi
Associate Professor of Applied Psychology, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, & Human Development

Karen Nercessian
Associate Vice Provost

Marc Norman
Larry and Klara Chair and Associate Dean, Schack Institute of Real Estate, School of Professional Studies

Jason Pina
Vice President for University Life and Global Engagement

Carrie Prendergast
Manager, Online Graduate Program Management, Silver School of Social Work; Administrative Management Council

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

Jave'on Thompson
MPH Candidate, School of Global Public Health; University Senator






Working Group Members


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


Erin Callihan
Assistant Vice President, Student UX, Technology, and Engagement

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

MJ Knoll-Finn
Vice President for Enrollment Management

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

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