A New Name for Milano, and an Administrative Transition

As of July 1, Milano’s name is the Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment. The updated name reflects the programs that we teach, the research that we undertake, and the concerns of the communities that we serve. It also signals Milano’s distinctive interdisciplinarity.

This July also marks a homecoming of sorts for a longtime member of the Milano community. Mary Watson, Executive Dean, of the Schools of Public Engagement announced John Clinton’s appointment as Interim Dean of Milano, following Dean Michelle DePass assuming the role of President and CEO of the Meyer Memorial Trust in Portland, Oregon this past spring.

John is familiar to many alumni, having first joined Milano in 2002. Since then, he has served as the founding director of Milano’s Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management program, chair of the undergraduate Environmental Studies program, and affiliated faculty at the Tishman Environment and Design Center (TEDC). (John’s bio is here.)

Speaking of his new role, John said, “Think about the many hazards we face today: stark inequality alongside emboldened threats to social justice; widening gaps in affordable housing in major cities; organizational and agency mismanagement—or worse—as the norm; sweeping efforts to roll back progress on climate change—to name just a few of the urgent issues we confront. Where will the leadership come from to change course? Given the progressive legacy of The New School, and the impact of Milano’s practice-based programs in policy, management, and environment, I believe our school offers one crucial, and distinctive answer. I’m excited to support Milano faculty as they prepare our students to become the leaders we need.”

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