General Bankstreet News

Elizabeth Dickey to retire at the end of the summer of 2014

Posted by Bank Street on June 14, 2013

Dear Bank Street Community,

As you are aware, Bank Street’s President, Elizabeth Dickey, has announced her decision to retire at the end of the summer of 2014 after six years of service to the institution. We are writing to update you on the upcoming Presidential Search process.

We will be engaging the search firm of Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LLC to assist us in the process. Shelly Weiss-Storbeck of Storbeck/Pimentel worked with Bank Street on the last two presidential searches and has an almost 20-year relationship with the institution. She knows our culture and values well and we are confident we will be well-served by her and her firm yet again.

The Presidential Search Committee is in the process of being composed. The committee will include statutory trustees as well as individuals from various constituencies of our community. At this stage we have identified those trustees who will serve. They are Yolanda Ferrell-Brown, Chair Elect, Tony Asnes, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Jonathan Cole, Sarah Gund, Sue Kaplan, Joel Moser, Elizabeth Pforzheimer, Sandra Pinnavaia, Anne Shutkin, and Lynn Straus.

We will soon be contacting staff and faculty to invite them to serve on the Committee. We will do this in consultation with the Cabinet, and upon reviewing the information about those individuals who served in the 07/08 presidential search. Search Committee planning meetings will commence later this summer and the Board will engage in a listening tour with staff, faculty, and parents during the months of September and October. 

Reaching out broadly to our community to collect the diversity of views on the qualities we will seek in our next president is one of the first priorities of the Search Committee. The listening tour will include group meetings with various constituents of the college in order to ask questions, listen to answers and hear any unstructured feedback. In addition, we will seek to provide you with other avenues of communication to the committee and will attempt to keep you posted on the committee’s progress. Please bear with us as there will be periods when the committee’s work will require discretion and confidentiality and we will have to balance that against our desire to assure you that the search is progressing.

A presidential search begins with a period of reflection on where we are, and where we are going, as an institution and the qualities we will seek in the institutions next president. We look forward to engaging with you as the search proceeds

Should you have questions, concerns, or feedback for us, please contact Akilah Rosado-McQueen, who will be staffing the search and providing support to the Search Committee. Akilah can be reached at or 212-875-4596.

Thank you.

Tony Asnes, Chair

Yolanda Ferrell-Brown, Chair-elect