Our Graduates in History

David Allen (above) is the New York Times best-selling author of Getting Things Done and president of The David Allen Company / Getting Things Done. Often referred to as the guru of personal productivity, Allen has more than 20 years of experience as a consultant and executive coach for such organizations as Microsoft, the Ford Foundation, L.L. Bean and the World Bank. His books include Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity and Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life. But before he became a guru to the Fortune 500, David studied history at New College. He credits the lessons he learned at New College about self-dependence, effective communications and finishing big projects as keys to his career success. 

New College is proud of the many History graduates who have contributed to the field. Here's a sampling of some of our other graduates as well:

Esther Barazzone is president of Chatham University, a women's college in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During her 20-year tenure as president, Barazzone is credited with transforming Chatham from a struggling regional college into a national power, more than quadrupling the school's enrollment and growing its endowment to more than $60 million. For her accomplishments, Barazzone was recently recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as the highest paid president of a women's college in the nation.    

Charles Brown is a senior advisor at the U.S. Department of Defense, where he is responsible for implementing the components of President Obama's initiative to integrate atrocity prevention and response into U.S. policy. Previously he served as DOD’s senior director for rule of law and international humanitarian policy. He has held senior positions at Citizens for Global Solutions, Amnesty International and Freedom House. During the Clinton administration, he served as chief of staff in the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. He also co-authored The Politics of Psychiatry in Revolutionary Cuba.

Audrey Nicoleau is a political communications strategist in Washington, D.C., who helps her clients heighten their public profile. Since graduating from New College in 2005 she has been a legislative staffer for U.S. Reps. John Conyers and Alcee Hastings working on appropriations, judiciary, international relations, health care and education policy. She was also communications advisor for then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Sample of Graduate Schools Attended by NCF Students in History

• Columbia University
• Johns Hopkins University
• Tufts University
• University of Texas
• University of Wisconsin

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The Biennial New College Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Studies draws top scholars in history, literature, art history, philosophy and other fields from around the world. Students have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the scholars and attend conference presentations for free.

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