NYU Alumni Connect

September 18, 2014

As the NYU community embarks on yet another academic year, the NYU Alumni Association—the umbrella organization for all 470,000 University alumni—welcomes its returning president, Beverly Hyman (STEINHARDT ’80). Hyman served as a vice president of the NYUAA for nine years, was chair of the NYUAA awards committee, marketing and communications committee, and served on the NYUAA recruitment committee. She is a past recipient of both Steinhardt’s Distinguished Alumna Award and the NYUAA Meritorious Service Award, and has been a member of the Steinhardt Dean's Council since 2004. Most recently, Beverly became an NYU Alumni Trustee. 

Outside of NYU, Hyman is president of Beverly Hyman, Ph.D. and Associates, an international organizational development and training firm, a featured speaker at conferences worldwide, a frequent contributor to national media, and the author of three books.

What is your favorite:

  • Food? I am a salad and fish junkie. If it’s green and has crunch or it swims, I love it.
  • Book? Anything by Ian McEwan, Saturday, Enduring Love, all of them.
  • TV Show and/or Movie? I loved Six Feet Under; I can never forget Cinema Paradiso.
  • Song and/or Musical Artist? I work out to Michael Jackson, but I also am an opera buff.
  • Way to spend a Saturday? Hiking or making a party for friends and family.
  • Place to travel? India
  • Memory from your time at NYU? Everyone smoked cigarettes all the time. It was the smallest big school imaginable.
  • Place on the NYU campus? The Portrait of Sylvette, the Picasso statue in front of Silver Towers.

Why do you give back to NYU?

NYU gave me a fellowship to pursue my PhD; I couldn’t have managed financially on my own. The experience and the degree turned my entire life around. I am forever grateful and I want to do the same for the next generation. NYU is not an elitist place. If you are talented and work hard, the University recognizes it and rewards it.

What are you most looking forward to as you begin your time as President of the NYUAA?

We have great officers and committee chairs and a great professional staff to work with. We have a solid strategic plan and with this talent and energy we are going to connect to students, our future alumni, and bring home many more of the nearly half million alumni, the majority of whom live right here. We will also integrate our new brothers and sisters from the Polytechnic Institute, so they make NYU their home too.