NYSID Leadership – Administration

David Sprouls, President

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David Sprouls

President David Sprouls has a long history with NYSID, serving as vice president of enrollment management and director of admissions before being appointed president in 2012.  Before his tenure at NYSID, President Sprouls worked in admissions in Albright College and the Fashion Institute of Technology. He received a BA in Art History and American Studies from Rutgers College and a BFA in Restoration from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Read a Q&A with the president.


Dr. Ellen Fisher, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean

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Ellen Fisher has been with NYSID since 1999, beginning her career at the College as a member of the faculty, and later becoming lower division area coordinator, associate vice president for academic affairs, and ultimately, vice president of academic affairs and dean in 2012. Fisher is a New York State certified interior designer, with graduate degrees in teaching with technology, and architectural studies. She earned a PhD in Architectural Studies/Human Environmental Sciences from the University of Missouri in 2011. For many years, she maintained an active design practice in the New York metropolitan area.  Her many areas of expertise include evidence-based design, design & literacy, and digital learning. She recently organized a symposium on the state of the industry entitled, "Interior Design: The Essential Profession," which will take place at NYSID on October 7, 2016.


Jane Chen, Vice President for Finance and Administration

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Jane Chen came to NYSID as chief financial officer in 2003, and became vice president for finance and administration in 2004. She serves as the chief financial officer on all fiscal matters and oversees the management of all NYSID’s financial and administrative functions. Prior to her role at NYSID, she worked in finance/accounting for the American Federation of Arts, The New School, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Jane Chen is a certified public accountant, with a MA in accounting from the University of Georgia and a BS in accounting/finance from National Taiwan University.  


See a list of NYSID’s Board of Trustees and Advisory Board.