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.