Bard College Catalogue

The Bard College Catalogue contains detailed descriptions of the College's undergraduate programs and courses, curriculum, admission and financial aid procedures, student activities and services, history, campus facilities, affiliated institutions including graduate programs, and faculty and administration.

Bard College Catalogue 2016-17

Bard College Catalogue 2016-17


Executive Administration

Office of the President

  • Leon Botstein, President
  • Taun Toay ’05, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff
  • Robert Martin, Vice President for Policy and Planning
  • Max Kenner ‘01, Vice President for Institutional Initatives
  • Susan Gillespie, Vice President for Special Global Initiatives
  • Irene Zedlacher, Executive Director, Bard Music Festival; Managing Editor, Musical Quarterly
  • Amie McEvoy, Assistant to the President
  • Myra Young Armstead, Special Assistant to the President for Academics and Inclusive Excellence
  • AnneMarie Bemis, Executive Assistant to the President
  • Saidee Brown, Executive Assistant to the President
  • Catherine Luiggi, Executive Assistant to the Presidentt
  • Patricia Pontecorvo, Executive Assistant to the Presidentt
  • Gillian Brundrett, Administrative Assistant to the Assistant to the President

Office of the Executive Vice President

  • Dimitri B. Papadimitriou, Executive Vice President
  • Deborah C. Treadway, Assistant to the Executive Vice President

Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration; Chief Financial Officer

  • James Brudvig, Vice President for Finance and Administration; Chief Financial Officer
  • Coleen Murphy Alexander ’00, Vice President for Administration
  • Kevin Parker, Associate Vice President for Finance
  • Kimberly Alexander,Director of Human Resources
  • John Franzino,Controller
  • Laura Ramsey, Assistant Controller
  • Joseph Ahern, Director of Institutional Research
  • Amy Husten, Managing Director of Montgomery Place
  • Linda Morgan, Associate Dean of Gender Equity; Title IX Administrator
  • Deanna Cochran, Special Projects Director
  • Theresa Desmond ’98, Staff Assistant to the Vice President for Finance and Administration
  • Tamara Stafford, Program Administrator for International Scholar Services

Academic Administration

Office of the Dean of the College

  • S. Rebecca Thomas, Dean of the College
  • Deirdre d’Albertis, Associate Dean of the College
  • Peter Gadsby, Associate Vice President for Enrollment; Registrar
  • Diane Smith, Associate Registrar
  • Amy Savage, Director of Citizen Science
  • Thomas Keenan, Director of the Human Rights Project
  • Ann Seaton, Director of Difference and Media Project; Director of Multicultural Affairs
  • William Dixon, Director of the Language and Thinking Program
  • Sue Elvin-Cooper, Faculty Grants Officer
  • Laurie Nash, Executive Assistant to the Dean of the College
  • Rachel Price, Assistant to the Dean of the College

Center for Student Life and Advising

  • David Shein, Dean of Studies
  • Bethany Nohlgren, Dean of Students
  • Jennifer Triplett, Director of Academic Advising
  • Manishkamala Kalupahana ’07, International Student Adviser
  • Timand Bates ‘02, Assistant Dean of Students
  • Kevin Dean, Assistant Dean of Students; Director of First-Year Experience
  • Dorothy Albertini ’02, Academic Advising Associate
  • Carol Werner, Office Manager

Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies

  • Norton Batkin, Vice President and Dean of Graduate Studies
  • Janet Stetson, Director of Graduate Admission 
  • Marie Balogh, Administrative Assistant

Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs

  • Jonathan Becker, Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Mark D. Halsey, Vice President for Institutional Research and Assessment
  • David Shein, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dean of Studies
  • Peg Peoples, Associate Vice President for Education Initiatives; Director, Institute for Writing and Thinking
  • James P. Ketterer, Dean of International Studies
  • Ariana Stokas, Dean of Inclusive Excellence
  • John Weinstein, Dean of the Bard High School Early Colleges
  • Jennifer Murray, Director of the Institute for International Liberal Education
  • Brian Billings, Director of Global Outreach, Center for Civic Engagement
  • Aileen Hanel, Director of International Partnerships and Programs; Al Quds Bard Program Manager
  • Erica Kaufman, Director of Faculty and Curricular Development, Institute for Writing and Thinking
  • Celia Bland, Associate Director, Institute for Writing and Thinking
  • Elizabeth Whalen, Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Karen Becker, Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Institutional Research and Assessment
Office of Admission/Student Affairs
  • Mary Backlund, Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Admission
  • Erin Cannan, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Civic Engagement
  • Mackie Siebens ’12, Deputy Director of Admission
  • Kate Hardy, Assistant Director of Admission
  • Bethany Nohlgren, Dean of Students
  • Paul Marienthal, Dean for Social Action; Director, Trustee Leader Scholar Program
  • Timand Bates ’02, Assistant Dean of Students
  • Kevin Dean, Assistant Dean of Students; Director, First-Year Experience
  • Julie Duffstein, Assistant Dean of Students; Director, Student Activities and the Campus Center
  • Nancy W. Smith, Director of Housing; Coordinator, Summer Facilities
  • Frank Corliss, Director of Conservatory Admission
  • Angela Kozlakowski, Director of Admission Communications
  • Bonnie Marcus ’71, Senior Associate Director of Admission; Midwest Coordinator
  • Greg Armbruster, Senior Associate Director of Admission; Director, Transfer Admission
  • Dominique Waldron, Associate Director of Student Activities
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Athletics and Recreation
  • Kristen Hall, Director
  • Jim Sheahan, Director of Athletics Communications and Marketing
  • Bill Kelly, Director of Athletic Recruiting

Career Development

  • Elisabeth Giglio, Director
  • Sarah Drabick, Assistant Director
  • Maureen Aurigemma, Career Adviser

Center for Civic Engagement

  • Jonathan Becker, Director
  • Erin Cannan, Dean of Civic Engagement
  • Paul Marienthal, Dean for Social Action; Director, Trustee Leader Scholar Program
  • Brian Mateo, Assistant Dean of Civic Engagement
  • Bonnie Goad, Development Manager


  • Mary Grace Williams, Chaplain of the College
  • Iskandar Atajanow, Muslim Chaplain
  • Bruce Chilton ‘71, Senior Pastor
  • Joseph Mali, Catholic Chaplain
  • David Nelson, Jewish Chaplain
  • Tatjana Myoko von Prittwitz und Gaffron, Buddhist Chaplain
Development and Alumni/ae Affairs
  • Debra Pemstein, Vice President for Development and Alumni/ae Affairs
  • Jane Brien ’89, Director of Alumni/ae Affairs
  • Sasha Boak-Kelly, Director of Development
  • Karen Unger, Director of Institutional Support

Educational Opportunity Programs

  • Jane Duffstein, Director
  • Truth Hunter, Assistant Director

Environmental Services

  • Michael Bemis, Director
  • Brian Kiel, Manager
Financial Aid/Student Accounts
  • Denise Ann Ackerman, Director
  • Gwen Menshenfriend, Bursar
Health and Counseling
  • Barbara Jean Briskey, Director, Health Services
  • Tamara Telberg, Director, Counseling Services
  • Rebecca Stacy, Director, BRAVE

Human Resources

  • Kimberly Alexander, Director
  • Janet Algiere, Assistant Director
  • Betty Rodriguez, Human Resources Generalist
  • Renai Smith, Benefits Manager

Information Services

  • Jeffrey Katz, Dean of Information Services
  • Michael Tompkins, Director of Management Information Systems

Learning Commons

  • Jim Keller, Director
  • Jane Smith, Assistant Director
  • Maria Belk, Director of Quantitative Literacy
  • Amy Shein, Disability Support Coordinator
  • Annarose Stewart, Tutor Coordinator
  • Denise Minin, ESL Coordinator


  • Jeffrey Katz, Director of Libraries
  • Jane Dougall, Collection Development and Reference Librarian
  • Betsy Cawley, Instruction, Reference, and Technology Librarian
  • Susan Decker-Herman, Acquisitions Librarian
  • Kate Laing, Interlibrary Loan/Reference Librarian
  • Jeremiah Hall, Digital Technologies Development Librarian
  • Helene Tieger ’85, College Archivist

Physical Plant Operations

  • Randy Clum, Director of Buildings and Grounds 


  • Mary Smith, Director
  • Cynthia Werthamer, Editorial Director

Public Relations

  • Mark Primoff, Associate Vice President of Communications
  • Eleanor Davis, Director
  • Darren O’Sullivan, Senior Associate

Safety and Security

  • Ken Cooper, Director
  • Don Lown, Associate Director


  • Laurie Husted, Sustainability Manager
  • Dan Smith, Energy Efficiency Coordinator

The Bard College Conservatory of Music

  • Robert Martin, Director
  • Frank Corliss, Associate Director; Director, Postgraduate Collaborative Piano Fellowship
  • Eileen Brickner, Dean of Students
  • Kristin Roca, Graduate Program Coordinator
  • Ann Gabler, Concert Office Coordinator
  • Patricia Reed, Communication and Special Projects Coordinator
  • Lisa Hedges, Production Coordinator, Olin Hall and Conservatory Performance Space
  • Ryan Kamm, Codirector of Preparatory Division
  • Susanne Son, Codirector of Preparatory Division
  • Lauren Gerken, Business Manager
  • Katherine Maysek, Conservatory Admission Counselor
  • Hsiao-Fang Lin, Assistant Orchestra Manager

Graduate Conducting Program

  • James Bagwell, Leon Botstein, and Harold Farberman, Codirectors

Graduate Vocal Arts Program

  • Dawn Upshaw, Artistic Director
  • Kayo Iwama, Associate Director

Graduate Programs

Bard Center for Environmental Policy
  • Eban Goodstein, Director
  • Katie Van Sant BCEP ’07, Director of Enrollment and Marketing
  • Josephine French, Program Administrator and Assistant to the Director
  • Caitlin O’Donnell, Graduate Admissions Assistant

Bard College Conservatory of Music
See Graduate Conducting Program and Graduate Vocal Arts Program under Bard College Conservatory of Music above.

Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture

  • Susan Weber, Director and Founder
  • Tim Ettenheim, Chief Operating Officer
  • Peter Miller, Dean
  • Elena Pinto Simon, Dean of Academic Administration and Student Affairs
  • Samantha Baron, Director of Administration and Employee Relations

Bard MBA in Sustainability

  • Eban Goodstein, Director 
  • Katie Van Sant BCEP ’07, Director for Enrollment and Marketing
  • Caitlin O’Donnell, Graduate Admissions Assistant

Center for Curatorial Studies

  • Tom Eccles, Executive Director
  • Paul O’Neill, Director of Graduate Program
  • Tracy Pollock, Director of Administration and Development
  • Ann E. Butler, Director of Library and Archives
  • Marcia Acita, Director of Exhibitions and Operations
  • Ramona Rosenberg, Director of External Affairs

International Center of Photography–Bard Program in Advanced Photographic Studies

  • Nayland Blake ’82, Chair

Levy Economics Institute Master of Science in Economic Theory and Policy

  • Jan Kregel, Director 
  • Kathleen Mullaly, Program Coordinator

Master of Arts in Teaching Program

  • Derek Furr, Director, Annandale Program
  • Stephen Mucher, Director, California Program
  • Cecilia Maple ’01, Assistant Director for Admission and Student Affairs

Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts

  • Arthur Gibbons, Director
  • Fawn Potash, Program Manager

The Orchestra Now

  • Lynne Meloccaro, Executive Director
  • Marielle Metivier, Orchestra Manager
  • Benjamin Oatmen, Librarian
  • Kristin Roca, Graduate Programs Associate
  • Hsiao-Fang Lin, Assistant Orchestra Manager

Affiliated Programs and Institutes

Bard College Berlin: A Liberal Arts University

  • Florian Becker, Managing Director
  • Catherine Toal, Dean of the College

Bard College at Simons Rock: The Early College

  • Ian Bickford, Provost; Vice President, Bard College
  • M. Leslie Davidson, Dean of the College
  • Bryant Morgan, Dean of Finance and Administration
  • Anne O’Dwyer, Dean of Academic Affairs
  • Heidi Rothberg, Registrar

Bard Early Colleges

  • Stephen Tremaine ‘07, Vice President of Early Colleges
  • Clara Botstein, Associate Vice President for Early Colleges
  • John Weinstein, Dean of Early Colleges; Principal, BHSEC Newark
  • Michael Lerner, Principal of BHSEC Manhattan
  • Valeri Thomson ‘85, Principal of BHSEC Queens
  • Dumaine Williams ‘03, Principal of BHSEC Cleveland
  • Francesca Gamber, Head of the Early College, BHSEC Baltimore
  • Nicole Young, Executive Director of Bard Early College in New Orleans
  • Michael Sadowski, Director of Bard in Hudson Civic Academy
  • Ella Geismar, Program Associate
  • Tina Moreno, Human Resources Manager
Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program
  • James P. Ketterer, Director
  • Rachel Meyer ’06,  Deputy Director
  • Anna Seidner, Director of Student Affairs
  • Bryan Billings, Director of Global Outreach

Bard Prison Initiative

  • Max Kenner ’01, Executive Director
  • Daniel Karpowitz, Director of Policy and Academics
  • Megan Callaghan, Director of College Operations
  • Laura Liebman, Director of Development

Center for Moving Image Arts

  • Richard Suchenski, Director

Clemente Course in the Humanities

  • Marina van Zuylen, Director

Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities

  • Jeffrey Katz, Executive Director
  • Roger Berkowitz, Academic Director
  • Tina Stanton, Program Associate
  • Daniel Fiege, Media Coordinator

Institute for International Liberal Education

  • Susan H. Gillespie, Founding Director; Vice President for Global Initiatives 
  • Jennifer Murray, Director

Levy Economics Institute of Bard College

  • Dimitri B. Papadimitriou, President
  • Taun Toay ’05, Managing Director
  • Jan Kregel, Senior Scholar and Director of Research
  • Debra Pemstein, Vice President for Development and Alumni/ae Affairs
  • Mark Primoff, Associate Vice President of Communications
  • Mary Smith, Director of Publications
  • Michael Stephens, Senior Editor and Policy Fellow
  • Barbara Ross, Editor
  • Willis C. Walker, Librarian
  • Marie-Celeste Edwards, Digital Content Manager
  • Deborah C. Treadway, Assistant to the President
  • Kathleen Mullaly, Administrative Assistant

Longy School of Music of Bard College

  • Karen Zorn, President
  • Ann Welch, Chief Operating Officer
  • Wayman Chin, Dean of the Conservatory
  • Sue Pekock, Director of Development

The Bard Center

  • Dimitri B. Papadimitriou, Executive Director
  • Deborah C. Treadway, Assistant to the Executive Director
  • Amie McEvoy, Manager of Music Programs

Bard Music Festival

  • Leon Botstein, Christopher H. Gibbs, and Robert Martin, Artistic Directors
  • Irene Zedlacher, Executive Director
  • Raissa St. Pierre ’87, Associate Director


  • Bradford Morrow, Editor
  • Micaela Morrissette ’02, Managing Editor

Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series

  • Sven Anderson, Mark D. Halsey, and Felicia Keesing, Directors

Institute for Writing and Thinking

  • Peg Peoples, Director
  • Erica Kaufman, Director of Faculty and Curricular Development
  • Celia Bland, Associate Director

Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts

  • Debra Pemstein, Vice President for Development and Alumni/ae Affairs
  • Gideon Lester, Artistic Director for Theater and Dance
  • Bob Bursey, Senior Producer
  • Caleb Hammons, Producer, Dance and Theater
  • Mark Primoff, Associate Vice President of Communications
  • Mary Smith, Director of Publications
  • Jeannie Schneider, Business Manager
  • Kieley Michasiow-Levy, Development Manager
  • Zia Affronti Morter ‘12, Associate Producer