The New School in New York City has announced the appointment of Renée T. White as the university’s next provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. She will take office on August 1.
The New School enrolls just over 7,4000 undergraduate students and about 3,000 graduate students according to the most recent data available from the U.S. Department of Education. African Americans make up just 4 percent of the undergraduate student body.
Dr. White comes to The New School from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, where she has served as provost and a professor of sociology since 2016. Previously she was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Simmons University in Boston from 2011 to 2016. Earlier in her career, Dr. White served as professor of sociology and Black studies at Fairfield University in Connecticut.
Dr. White is the editor or co-editor of three books, including the acclaimed Spoils of War: Women of Color, Cultures, and Revolutions (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1997). She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Women and Gender in Higher Education.
Dr. White is a graduate of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Yale University.
Below is a video showing Dr. White’s message to the community after being named provost.