Elizabeth D. Dickey

President Elizabeth DickeyA developmental psychologist by training, Elizabeth D. Dickey is Bank Street’s 6th president. She announced this June (2013) that she would retire from the College in the summer of 2014.

Through Elizabeth’s efforts, in 2010 the Bank Street Board of Trustees refined the College Strategic Plan to emphasize three commitments: 1) to academic excellence, 2) to expanded efforts/influence in educational policy and research, and 3) to long-term financial sustainability.

Bank Street continues to focus on preparing exceptional teachers, developing outstanding school leaders, and improving the quality of early childhood education. Investments in technology and new models of learning are viewed as essential to achieving these goals.

In 2009, the College launched BankStreetOnline, a vehicle for disseminating Bank Street’s models and methods to a broader community of learners. Since 2010, the College has expanded its government relations program. In May 2012, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Elizabeth to his Education Reform Commission, where she chaired the subcommittee on Teacher and Principal Quality and District Leadership.

Elizabeth’s academic life has been shaped by the currents of American progressive education. Prior to her appointment at Bank Street, she served at The New School for seventeen years. Initially Dean of The New School/General Studies, Elizabeth became Provost in 1998, stepping down to become University Professor with a faculty appointment in Milano/The New School for Management and Urban Policy. There she resumed her research activities related to adult development. Prior to her service at The New School, she held faculty and administrative posts at Antioch University, initially at the Keene, New Hampshire “campus,” and then in New York City.

A graduate of Lake Forest College in 1967 with a B.A. in Art History, Elizabeth completed an M.Ed and Ed.D at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst where she studied educational psychology. In addition, she held a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Yale University Medical School Department of Psychiatry from 1978-80.