NYSID appoints new board chairman and board member

Patricia Sovern Named Board Chairman

Kathleen M. Doyle Joins as Board Member


New York, NY - December 2010 - NYSID President Christopher Cyphers has announced the appointment of Dr. Patricia Sovern to the position of Board Chairman of the New York School of Interior Design and Mrs. Kathleen M. Doyle as new Board member.  Effective immediately, Dr. Sovern assumes the duties of Chairman leading NYSID’s 18 directors. She has been a board member since 2003.

In addition to Dr. Sovern and Mrs. Doyle, NYSID has named the following officers to the board: Jodie W. King, Vice Chair and Secretary, James P. Druckman, Treasurer, Elliot H. Greene, Chair, Financial Overview Committee.

Dr. Patricia M. Sovern enjoys a distinguished career in higher education administration, public relations and scholarly publishing. She completed the Harvard University program in Higher Education Management in 1989 and has served on the boards of the American Association of University Administrators and the Association of College and Research Libraries Publications Board.

Among her professional honors, she was a Mellon Research Fellow and was awarded a Presidential Chair in the Humanities sponsored by the Mellon Foundation in recognition of distinguished scholarship and dedicated teaching (1983-1986). In the area of academic administration, she has held a variety of administrative positions from Department Chair to Dean of College Relations. She has also served as an accreditation team member for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. 

Dr. Sovern is the Founding Editor of the international art journal, Visual Resources now in its 30th consecutive year of publication. Together with her late husband, John Walsh, she founded Black Swan Books Ltd., an award winning scholarly press in the arts and humanities.  She holds a Doctorate from St. John’s University and holds Masters’ degrees in Philosophy and the Arts from the New School for Social Research and Library and Information Science from Rutgers University.  Her B.A. is in Classics and History from New York University. She is currently involved with her husband, Michael I. Sovern, President Emeritus of Columbia University, in the activities of the American Academies in Berlin and Rome, the Asian Cultural Council, the Japan Society, the Shubert Foundation and Sotheby’s where Mr. Sovern serves as Chairman of the Board. 

Kathleen M. Doyle is Chairman/CEO of Doyle New York, Auctioneers & Appraisers. Her in-depth knowledge of the art and auction market has positioned the gallery among the leaders in the global auction market today.  Kathleen M. Doyle first joined her husband, William J. Doyle, founder of William Doyle Galleries, in 1968, as Director of Jewelry Exhibitions. She later left to pursue graduate studies. Mrs. Doyle served as Parent Education Specialist at the New York Medical College's Early Childhood Development Center, and, following that, she founded the Parent Education Program in the Department of Pediatrics at St. Vincent's Hospital. For eight years she directed the early intervention program to provide an interdisciplinary team approach to pre and post-natal parent education, family support and advocacy. She rejoined Doyle New York in 1992, and, after her husband's death in 1993, she became Chairman/CEO.

She is a graduate of Trinity College in Washington, D.C and has a Master of Science degree in Parent and Infant Development from Bank Street College in New York. She holds certificates from the New York School of Interior Design and The Gemological Institute of America. For many years she served on the boards of St. Vincent's Hospital, Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, NY, the Edwin L. and Francis Cummings Foundation, the Hannah and Ryan Barry Foundation, and the 564 Park Avenue Foundation. Mrs. Doyle is a member of ArtTable and a contributing author of Wealthy and Wise (John Wiley, 2003).

2010/2011 NYSID Board of Trustees

Patricia M. Sovern, Chair
Christopher J. Cyphers, NYSID President
Jodie W. King, Vice Chair and Secretary
James P. Druckman, Treasurer
Elliot H. Greene, Chair, Financial Overview Committee
Thomas N. Armstrong III
Elaine Wingate Conway
Alexander C. Cortesi
Jill H. Dienst
Kathleen M. Doyle
Ross J. Francis
Anne Korman
Susan B. Nagle
David L. Scott
Terry Kleinberg, Faculty Trustee
Arthur King Satz, President Emeritus
Matthew DeMarco, Esq., General Counsel and Assistant Secretary


Founded in 1916, the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) is New York’s only private, not-for-profit college devoted exclusively to interior design education and related disciplines. NYSID’s guiding principle is that the interior environment is a fundamental element of human welfare, and the college is committed to actively improving, through design, the quality of life for all segments of humanity. This ideal is put into practice by a dedicated faculty of well-known designers, architects, art historians, and authorities in the field who guide a diverse student body of over 750 full- and part-time students.  NYSID offers certificate, undergraduate and graduate programs in the field of interior design, design history and theory, and sustainable design. The college is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and NYSID’s BFA is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

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