NYU School of Professional Studies Deanship
Named for Former Dean, Dr. Harvey J. Stedman


NEW YORK, August 25, 2014—New York University recently announced that the deanship for the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) has been named for Dr. Harvey J. Stedman, a former dean of the School.

NYU President John Sexton said, “In the many capacities in which he has served this university, Harvey Stedman has brought his vision, innovative thinking, and deep commitment to teaching and learning to every facet of the stellar education we strive to deliver. His years as dean of the School of Continuing Education were some of the most productive and progressive in its history. I am delighted that we are able to name the deanship of the NYU School of Professional Studies in his honor, and to recognize the many years of service that he has given to the School and to NYU.”

For over three decades, Dr. Stedman has been a dedicated member of the NYU School of Professional Studies community and the University at large. In 1982, he began his career at New York University, serving for eight years as dean of the School of Continuing Education (SCE), now known as the NYU School of Professional Studies. Under his leadership, the School deepened its involvement with New York’s leading industries by expanding its practitioner-taught course offerings, and professional diploma and certificate programs in fields such as magazine publishing, direct marketing, hospitality, finance, information technology, real estate, and human resources management. During his tenure, the School launched its first graduate degree, the M.S. in Real Estate Development and Investment, beginning the process of offering credit-bearing graduate education.

"By helping students to advance in their chosen careers, to evolve and adapt in the changing workplace, and to understand and contribute to the world around them, the School of Professional Studies has established itself as one of New York's—and NYU's— educational treasures,” asserted Stedman. “I am deeply honored to have played a part in the history of this School. Having my name associated with its deanship is more than I could ever imagine might happen. I am very touched and appreciative, and I salute all those past and present leaders of this School for their endless creativity and boundless energy that has built and shaped this extraordinary enterprise."

Current Dean Dennis Di Lorenzo commented, "It is truly both a personal and professional honor to be named the first Harvey J. Stedman Dean of the NYU School of Professional Studies. Harvey Stedman was, and still is, a strategic thinker and leader in the world of non-traditional higher education. In his role as dean, he was dedicated to deepening the School’s connection with industry and to answering the call to elevate a professional workforce that was eager to broaden its skills by studying practice and theory together. Under his leadership, the School offered its first applied professional master’s degree program, marking a new era for industry sectors around the globe. I am proud to carry his name as the School of Professional Studies enters the next phase of its evolution."

After his appointment as dean, Dr. Stedman held positions of increasing responsibility within the University, including serving as vice president of planning (1990-93), senior vice president (1993-98), provost (1998-2001), vice chancellor (2001-03), and vice chancellor emeritus (2003-present). He officially retired from active service in 2003 and was presented with the New York University Medal for his dedication and commitment to the University. He has since served as a consultant to the Office of the President and has helped with the development of NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies
Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Politics; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Health Information Management; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing and Marketing Analytics; Professional Writing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Social Entrepreneurship; Sports Management, Media, and Business; and Translation.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create vibrant professional and academic networks that annually attract nearly 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by close to 48,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses, Diploma Programs, workshops, and seminars. The School’s community is enriched by more than 30,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit sps.nyu.edu.

 About New York University

Founded in 1831, NYU is one of the world’s foremost research universities and is a member of the selective Association of American Universities. NYU has degree-granting university campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai; has eleven other global academic sites, including London, Paris, Florence, Tel Aviv, Buenos Aires, and Accra; and sends more students to study abroad than any other U.S. college or university. Through its numerous schools and colleges, NYU conducts research and provides education in the arts and sciences, law, medicine, business, dentistry, education, nursing, the cinematic and performing arts, music and studio arts, public administration, social work, and professional studies, among other areas.