In an email to the NYU Abu Dhabi community at 10:59 a.m. GST on March 12, Dr. Alfred Bloom announced he will be stepping down as the Vice Chancellor of NYUAD effective August 31, 2019. A successor has not been announced.
Bloom was the first Vice Chancellor of NYUAD. He has led the Abu Dhabi campus since 2009
, the year before the inaugural class.
Over the course of his tenure, Bloom oversaw the expansion of NYUAD from less than 100 undergraduates at the downtown campus in Abu Dhabi to over 1200
on the Saadiyat Island campus. This followed what was seen by many as a largely successful tenure
as the President of Swarthmore College.
Bloom’s departure would mark the end of an era to the entrepreneurial class of NYUAD chief administrators including former President John Sexton and former Dean of Students Dave Tinagero.
Speculation existed last year that Bloom would announce his departure as set to follow the graduation of the Class of 2018.
The timeline for a new successor has yet to be publicly announced.