Linda G. Mills
Dear Commons Community,
New York University announced yesterday that its new president would be Linda G. Mills, a professor and administrator at the university for more than 20 years.
The selection of Dr. Mills, the first woman to head the institution, one of the country’s largest private universities, follows the recent appointments of women to lead other top schools, like Columbia, Harvard, M.I.T., George Washington University and the University of Pennsylvania.
She will succeed Andrew Hamilton, who has said he will step down in June after eight years as president. As reported in a news release and The New York Times.
Dr. Mills, who is now a vice chancellor and senior vice provost at the university, is known in the academic world primarily for her scholarship in social work, notably research in the field of domestic partner abuse and treatment.
Her career has been remarkably broad, including a large portfolio at N.Y.U., where she seems to oversee a vast sphere of influence, with an array of leadership titles and roles.
She serves as executive director of the university’s Center on Violence and Recovery, which conducts research on abuse and trauma. She is senior vice provost for the university’s study-abroad and university life programs. She is associate vice chancellor for admissions and financial support for the university’s branch in Abu Dhabi.
Dr. Mills is the director of N.Y.U.’s Production Lab, which fosters student filmmaking, and she has directed and produced a number of documentary films herself, including “Of Many,” a collaboration with Chelsea Clinton documenting the friendship between N.Y.U.’s chaplains, Imam Khalid Latif and Rabbi Yehuda Sarna. Another film, “Auf Wiedersehen,” explored her mother’s forced exile from Europe during the Holocaust as a source of intergenerational trauma. The film’s cast includes her husband, Peter Goodrich, a professor at Cardozo School of Law, as well as the couple’s son, a 2019 N.Y.U. graduate.
William R. Berkley, the chair of N.Y.U.’s board of trustees as well as the committee that selected Dr. Mills, said her career embodied a “real demonstration of the ability to multitask.”
Dr. Mills’s academic credentials include a Ph.D. from Brandeis and three other degrees, one of them in law, from public universities in California — U.C. Irvine, U.C. Hastings School of Law and San Francisco State.
Before joining N.Y.U. in 1999, she was a professor at U.C.L.A.
Congratulations and Good Luck, President Mills!