Office of the Vice Chancellor

The NYU Abu Dhabi Vice Chancellor is the highest ranking administrative office at the University. Working closely with with students, faculty, staff, and administrators the Vice Chancellor oversees all academic, administrative, and operational affairs for NYU Abu Dhabi. The Vice Chancellor is an active contributor to the leadership of NYU globally and a vibrant, visible presence within the intellectual and cultural life of Abu Dhabi.

Mariët Westermann

Vice Chancellor

Mariët Westermann oversees all academic, administrative, and operational affairs at NYU Abu Dhabi.

Mariët Westermann, former executive vice president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, former provost of NYU Abu Dhabi, former director of NYU's Institute of Fine Arts, and art historian, joined NYU Abu Dhabi as Vice Chancellor effective August 1, 2019. 

Westermann had been with the Mellon Foundation since 2010, and was the executive vice president for programs and research since 2016. In that role, she launched initiatives that study and promote the value of the humanities and the liberal arts, strengthen community colleges, encourage graduate education reform, renew preservation of cultural heritage around the world, and support scholars and artists at risk. At Mellon, she also led pathbreaking work on diversity and inclusion in American museums, and written extensively about the liberal arts, the humanities, and higher education. Prior to the Foundation she was on the faculty at NYU, first as director of the Institute of Fine Arts and then as the first provost of NYU Abu Dhabi, where she hired the startup team and initial faculty, helped shape the curriculum and launch the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute, and developed the Downtown Campus, among other important undertakings. Before joining NYU in 2002, she was associate director of research at the Clark Art Institute. From 1995 to 2001, she was an assistant and associate professor of art history at Rutgers University.

She received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Williams College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her Masters and her PhD from NYU's Institute of Fine Arts.

Westermann's principal area of scholarly interest is the art of the Netherlands, her native country.  She is widely published in the field, including A Worldly Art:  The Dutch Republic 1585–1718 (1996); The Amusements of Jan Steen:  Comic Painting in the 17th Century (1997); Rembrandt – Art and Ideas (2000); and numerous articles.  She has edited five books, including Anthropologies of Art (2005).  Her extensive work with museums includes her Rijksmuseum Dossier:  Johannes Vermeer (2004); the curatorship of Art and Home: Dutch Interiors in the Age of Rembrandt (Denver Art Museum and Newark Museum, 2001); and numerous exhibition catalog essays.  She is currently preparing an exhibition and book on the resonance of the Garden of Eden in the history, theology, and art of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, with significant implications for garden practice in these cultures.  She has been the recipient of fellowships, honors, and grants from a wide range of organizations, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Philosophical Society, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Clark Art Institute, College Art Association, and Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Key People

Campus Life

Kyle Farley, Associate Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs and Dean of Students

NYU New York Leadership

Linda Mills

Vice Chancellor and Senior Vice Provost for Global Programs and University Life, NYU

Additional Members of NYU Abu Dhabi Core Leadership