Faculty and Leadership

  • 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.

    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.