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Jack H. Knott
Jack H. Knott. Photo courtesy of University of Southern California.

This summer Jack H. Knott became the new Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

NYU President Andrew Hamilton said, “In a very strong field of candidates, Jack Knott truly stood out. A highly accomplished leader with years of experience and success in guiding a complex, interdisciplinary school in a large, private, urban-based university, Jack made a strong positive impression on the Search Committee not only by dint of his credentials, but also because of his unassuming personal style. He has demonstrated a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion, a consideration of the strengths and needs of the whole community, an appreciation for the scholarly work of his faculty colleagues, and an ability to raise resources from a diversity of sources. He clearly has a genuine understanding of and appreciation for the core values, diversity, and breadth and depth of NYU Steinhardt, and for its substantial contributions to the University and our local and global communities.”

In a message to the NYU Steinhardt community, Knott said, “The bedrock of Steinhardt’s mission is education, but education only succeeds when students, families, and communities are healthy, sustainable, and thriving culturally, emotionally, and economically. And who is better poised to foster this success than Steinhardt, the first school of education at an American university?

I see my role in fostering success here at Steinhardt by celebrating and supporting the diverse fields in the School but also by serving as a connector, bringing our community together on common themes across disciplines. And given my background, I am interested in how public policy, leadership, and technology affect the health and well-being of people and communities, including the arts, education, health care, and communications.”

Knott received his BA in history from Calvin College, his MA in international studies from Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies, and PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Read Dean Knott’s full greeting to the NYU Steinhardt community.