BREAKING: Tisch Faculty Vote No Confidence In NYU President John Sexton

After some deliberation, the faculty of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts voted no confidence in President John Sexton’s leadership this week. The results of the electronic poll were tallied Tuesday morning. Of the 169 professors who voted, 93, or 55%, voted in agreement of the following statement:

“I, as a member of the full-time faculty of the Tisch School of the Arts, have no confidence in the leadership of the Sexton Administration.”

An image of the results of the electronic poll are below. 

 Seventy-six, or about 44% of the voting faculty, voted in disagreement with that statement. Sixteen faculty abstained from the vote.

This vote of no confidence comes on the heels of several others: the College of Arts and Science faculty began the wave of votes, passing a motion of no confidence in March (the anti-Sexton faculty celebrated after). Gallatin faculty voted no confidence in President Sexton earlier this month, and Steinhardt did the same a few days later. The results of the Silver School of Social Work’s no-confidence vote are expected in the upcoming days.

Martin Lipton, the chair of NYU’s board of trustees, issued this statement of support for President Sexton following Tisch’s vote.

“The Board of Trustees fully supports John Sexton; has confidence in his leadership; and believes that the strategic course he has set for the University will benefit NYU and all its schools, very much including the Tisch School of the Arts.

Past, as they say, is prologue.  During John Sexton’s presidency and with support from his administration, Tisch has thrived.  It has established important and distinctive new programs and been able to recruit and retain outstanding faculty.  Under John, Tisch’s pressing space needs – which must be addressed to keep its programs at their current level of excellence – will be answered with tens of millions of dollars of University resources.


For all these reasons, the Board finds today’s vote by the Tisch faculty disappointing.  It is our hope that in the aftermath of the vote, the focus will return once again to sustaining NYU’s academic momentum and continuing the school’s drive for artistic and academic excellence.”

We’ve reached out to Tisch Dean Mary Schmidt Campbell, and we’ll update you as we hear more.



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  1. ollie sam says

    It is obvioulsy clear that the community of Greenwich Village does not have confidence in NYU under John Sextons leadership, but it is amazing to know that his own employees the faculty of NYU have such little condidence in their leadership. I think that whoever this infamous Martin Lipton who puts out releases as the chairman of the board of trustees of NYU, that he and then entire board should realize that a universities repuation is based on teaching, on their faculty and not how many buildings they create for thier real estate friends, and how many countries they set foot in with psuedo campuses. Without the faculty NYU is nothing but an empty shell. So whoever you are Martin Lipton, open your ears, listen to what is going on, and stop the nonsense of destroying NYU and the community it pretends it loves. If John Sexton is responsible for the lack of confidence stop rewarding him with accolades and more money. If on the other hand it is you that is leading this fiasco, then just stop it. It might serve you well in corporate aquisitions, but a University is more than that, or should be.

  2. F-M Arouet says

    “So now the Emperor-President walked under his high canopy in the midst of the procession, through the streets of his capital; and all the trustees and well-compensated cronies and top brass standing by, and those at the windows, cried out, ‘Oh! How beautiful are our Emperor’s new clothes! What a magnificent train there is to the mantle; and how gracefully the scarf hangs!’ in short, no one would allow that he could not see these much-admired clothes; because, in doing so, he would have declared himself either a simpleton or unfit for his office. Certainly, none of the Emperor’s various suits, had ever made so great an impression, as these invisible ones.

    ‘But the Emperor has nothing at all on!’ said a little child.

    ‘Listen to the voice of innocence!’ exclaimed his father; and what the child had said was whispered from one to another.

    ‘But he has nothing at all on!’ at last cried out all the people. The Emperor was vexed, for he knew that the people were right; but he thought the procession must go on now! And John Beckman and the rest of the lords of the bedchamber took greater pains than ever, to appear holding up a train, although, in reality, there was no train to hold.”

  3. David Jones says

    I have nothing against business but rather have something against an institution that masks itself as a nonprofit with tax breaks (no real estate taxes, income taxes and receives charitable contributions) but yet operates like a corporation by charging higher and higher tuition to a larger and larger student body. This tuition is financed by student loans backed the federal government who is in a huge deficit itself. And on top of this, NYU’s administration wants to build a $7 billion expansion plan and is silent on the finances of it…..

  4. says

    I want my tuition money back.

    All college presidents whore themselves out for donations – thats the job description. But J-SEX has whored himself out to the lowest of the low. Tossing humanitarian lawyer, Chen Guangcheng is just the latest egregious example.

    Before that J-SEX whored out the NYU name to Abu Dhabi of the United Arab Emirates, one of the most wanton human rights abusers of our generation. This is a nation that would restrict an NYU education (substandard as it is) to 50 % of our campus who are women and put to death many of the remaining students (Jews, gays, atheists, overtly religious Christians, Buddhists, loud-mouth dissidents….

    J-SEX hasn’t a scintilla of concern where the money is coming from or what he needs to do to secure the donation. I can’t wait til I start making money so I can have J-SEX working my pool parties dressed up in only a banana hammock and a bow tie handing out tapas and serving drinks to my most obnoxious guests for a paltry contribution.

    -Arik Katzenberg