Faculty and Leadership

  • Faculty Profiles
  • Diane C. Yu, Executive Director and Leadership Instructor

    Diane C. Yu is the Executive Director of the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program and the NYUAD Summer Academy for high school students. She has taught a popular freshman honors seminar in the NYU College of Arts and Science for seven years. Previously she was the Managing Counsel at Monsanto Company, the General Counsel for the State Bar of California, a White House Fellow appointed by the President, a California judicial officer, and in private law practice. Her BA is from Oberlin College and her law degree is from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a frequent speaker and author and has an honorary doctorate from the City University of New York.

    Jennifer Gerrard, Senior Director

    Jennifer Gerrard is the incoming Senior Director for both the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program and the NYUAD Summer Academy. Prior to joining NYUAD, Jennifer was the Director of the Executive MBA Global Network at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, overseeing the school's five international joint degree programs in North America, the Middle East, and East Asia. Jennifer has spent the majority of her career in the field of international education and has held roles focusing on international student program management, academic advising, and the re-building of legal institutions in post-conflict zones at universities such as DePaul University and the University of California, Santa Cruz. In addition, she has worked at non-profit organizations, including AMIDEAST in Cairo, Egypt. Jennifer holds a B.A. in Political Science and Women's Studies from DePaul University and an MA in Social Sciences with a concentration in Political Science from the University of Chicago.

    Lisa Springer, Associate Academic Director

    Lisa Springer joined LIM College as Provost in June, 2018. She serves as Chief Academic Officer of the College and advisor to LIM College’s President on matters related to curriculum, faculty, and attainment of academic excellence, while also providing leadership to the Academic Affairs unit. Lisa has been involved with the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program and the NYU Abu Dhabi Summer Academy since 2009, serving first as an instructor and then as Academic Director. Currently, she is Associate Academic Director of the programs, assisting Ms. Diane Yu with the Summer Academy student trips to New York and advising scholar alumni on their academic journey. Prior to joining LIM College, Lisa served as Associate Dean and Clinical Professor at the NYU School of Professional Studies. She chaired the Writing Development Division of the Office of the Dean and represented the faculty of the School on the University-wide Faculty Committee on the Global Network and the Faculty Committee on the Future of Technology-Enhanced education, among others. She also served as Associate Dean for Global Initiatives for the NYU School of Professional Studies, launching NYUSPS at NYU Shanghai and overseeing the expansion of the NYUSPS Tokyo Center. Lisa holds a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University and an MFA in fiction writing from Warren Wilson College.