From the President: Announcing the Appointment of Steve Everett as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

July 27, 2021

Everett, who is trained in music performance and composition, has three decades of academic leadership experience at public and private research universities.


Dear Graduate Center community,

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Everett as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Graduate Center, effective August 25, 2021, pending approval from the CUNY Board of Trustees.

A Pivotal Moment

Dr. Everett joins the Graduate Center at a pivotal moment. Throughout the pandemic, the Graduate Center has drawn upon its strengths in scholarship and research for the public good. We have found new ways to teach, interact, sustain research progress, and address many of the challenges and inequities our communities face. Our students, faculty, and alumni have continued to garner accolades for their discoveries and leadership. As we return to campus, we are poised to consider how the Graduate Center and consortium can have an even greater impact. Dr. Everett shares my commitment to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusive success for all members of our community, putting our principles into action. As we complete the final year of our current strategic plan, we will assess our progress and consider how we can strengthen our programs, promote teaching and research initiatives, engage alumni, and support the professional development of faculty, staff, and students. The Graduate Center is uniquely positioned to take advantage of collaborations and partnerships —  within and outside CUNY —  that will ensure we remain at the forefront in graduate education.

An Innovative Leader and Accomplished Scholar and Artist


Trained in music performance and composition, Dr. Everett has demonstrated a deep commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship spanning the liberal arts and sciences. He has three decades of academic leadership at public and private research universities, including Emory University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Adelphi University. Throughout his career, Dr. Everett has focused on forging collaborations within and across institutions, facilitating interdisciplinary scholarship, supporting faculty and inclusive student success, and fostering innovation. 

Dr. Everett has expressed that he is "thrilled to serve the CUNY Graduate Center as its next provost." He added, "It's an honor to join a leading public graduate school where diversity, social equality, student success, and the discovery of creative and ethical new knowledge are embedded into the cultural fabric. Together with President Garrell, I look forward to working with senior leadership, faculty, staff, and students to further advance the Graduate Center's position as one of the world's great public research universities and to continue providing our new students with the requisite skills and perspectives to generate innovative and important scholarship and sustain productive, civically engaged, and meaningful lives."

Dr. Everett most recently served as provost, executive vice president, and professor of music at Adelphi University. In that role, he oversaw all academic and student services for the university, which has eight schools, four campus locations, and 7,300 students. Among his many achievements, he established an interdisciplinary health sciences bachelor's degree and created an innovation center that pairs corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations with student and faculty researchers.

Prior to joining Adelphi, Dr. Everett was dean of the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts and professor of music, with a courtesy appointment in neurology, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He led four schools, with over 200 faculty in architecture, art, theatre, music, and design as well as a museum, contemporary art gallery, and an innovation center. He implemented the college's first online courses, created a joint computer science and art master's degree, and initiated a digital media and instructional technology lab to advance new teaching and research methods.

Dr. Everett served in a range of leadership roles at Emory University from 1991 to 2013, including as president of the university senate and chair of the faculty council. As assistant vice provost for faculty affairs, he advised the provost on issues concerning 3,000 faculty in nine colleges and schools. He co-chaired a 40-member commission to explore the future of liberal arts education and co-authored a $2.4 million Andrew Mellon Foundation grant for 10 new interdisciplinary faculty positions. He concurrently directed the Provost's Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, overseeing faculty professional development, including teaching and learning workshops for faculty and seminars that engaged faculty and graduate students in exploring innovative research. The center also supported faculty in developing book proposals, articles, and grants.

Dr. Everett has received numerous grants and awards from agencies such as the National Science Foundation and NASA and held composition residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center and Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities. He has performed and conducted at venues in the U.S. and abroad, and his many interactive computer music compositions, including scores for opera and gamelan, have debuted at leading stages around the world. Among his recent research projects, he collaborated on an interdisciplinary study of the impact of sound and ultrasound on epilepsy.

Dr. Everett received a D.M.A. in music composition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and two master's degrees in music theory and trumpet performance and a bachelor's degree in music history and literature from Florida State University. 

Dr. Everett succeeds Julia Wrigley, who has served as Interim Provost and Senior Vice President since December 2018, and will return to her faculty position in Sociology at the Graduate Center. I would like to express my deepest appreciation for her dedication and service throughout her tenure. Her broad knowledge of the CUNY system and unwavering commitment to our students have enabled the Graduate Center to sustain its academic mission throughout the pandemic, for which we are very grateful.

I would also like to thank all who participated in the search process, particularly the search committee, which was capably led by Nick Pappas. It is gratifying that so many faculty, staff, and students participated in the search process and provided thoughtful reflections on the candidates. Your input was extremely valuable.

Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Provost-elect Everett, and supporting our efforts to advance the Graduate Center as a national model for graduate education, preparing diverse scholars to become leaders who will shape the city, region, and nation for years to come.


Robin L. Garrell