The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) has selected Kay Chubbuck, D.Phil. as Vice President for Education, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She will begin her tenure on June 27, 2022.
Dr. Chubbuck will lead the Adult and Children’s Education Programs of the 131-year-old institution with over 20 years of experience in education, most recently having worked as a Director at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. A few of her major accomplishments include the design and development of a new graduate degree program; co-founding of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council; and the launch of Sotheby’s Summer Institute for pre-college students. She has taught at several academic institutions including Princeton University and the U.S. Naval Academy. Additionally, Dr. Chubbuck served as the lead for AP Art History and Praxis Art at Education Testing Service.
As a deep advocate, ambassador, and communicator for accessible and quality academic experiences, Dr. Chubbuck volunteers at the Association of American Rhodes Scholars for the Urgency Now Initiative. In this capacity, she works with Historically Black Colleges and Universities to disrupt the pipeline and increase the success of diverse applicants for the Rhodes Scholarship. Dr. Chubbuck holds a bachelor of arts magna cum laude in English and comparative literature from Columbia University, a master of science in journalism in arts reporting from Northwestern University, and a master of philosophy and doctor of philosophy in English literature from the University of Oxford, England, which she obtained on a Rhodes scholarship.
“I am honored to join The New York Botanical Garden in its mission to be an advocate for the plant world both locally and globally,” said Dr. Chubbuck. “This is an urgent moment for any organization that works with green space, and NYBG’s Education division is well positioned to be a transformative agent of needed change, particularly by expanding online education while maintaining the best and most influential aspects of its practice-based and outdoor education programs for students of all ages. Throughout the application process, I was so impressed by the community at NYBG, and I look forward to collaborating with such a talented, dedicated group of colleagues.”
“ACG offers their congratulations to Kay Chubbuck on her placement as Vice President for Education at NYBG,” said ACG Senior Advisor Jane Hsu. “Her wide understanding of the educational landscape and expertise in academic programs will enhance the quality and vibrancy of experiences for the Garden’s and city’s communities alike.”