Dr. David E. Van Zandt has been the President at The New School since January 1, 2011. Dr. Van Zandt is Dean of Northwestern University's School of Law and specializes in corporate law and international finance. Prior to becoming Dean in 1995, Mr. Van Zandt held various academic positions within the law school, including Professor of Law, since 1985. Earlier in his career, Mr. Van Zandt served as a law clerk to the Honorable Harry A. Blackmun of the United States Supreme Court, and was an attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York. During his tenure at Northwestern, he created the largest JD-MBA program in the country, raised the school's public profile, influenced annual giving, which nearly doubled, and forged numerous cross-cultural relationships with students and legal institutions internationally. Under his leadership, Northwestern became the most diverse top-tier law school in the U.S. Dr. Van Zandt takes the helm of a university poised to continue on a trajectory of growth. Over the last ten years, The New School has doubled the number of full-time faculty, extended tenure across academic divisions, dramatically increased the number of students enrolled in degree-granting programs, and improved campus governance. The university's financial affairs are also in excellent shape, with balanced budgets and solid growth in endowment, even during uncertain economic times. He has been a Director of AMR Research, Inc. since 1998. Dr. Van Zandt is a sociologist and received his PhD from the London School of Economics. He is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he was managing editor of the Yale Law Journal. He has served as a law clerk to both Judge Pierre N. Leval of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City, and to Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun. Prior to entering the academy in 1985, Dr. Van Zandt was an attorney with the New York office of Davis Polk & Wardwell.