Message from the President

Renewal & Community

In these first weeks of fall, NBSS聽 is humming with a new semester. Our Career Training (CT) and Community Education (CE) workshops buzz as students work at the bench and in the field. Groups large and small gather for demonstrations, lectures, meals, and outings. Faculty members鈥攂oth returning and new鈥攃ome together with a renewed group of staff to guide students as they begin or continue in their training. We鈥檝e also just welcomed Board members back for a new season, and visitors are already joining us for events and public programs.聽聽

People are at the heart of what we do. And so, as we step forward into a period of School growth, we set our sights and intentions on three areas of work to deepen and enrich our community: increasing student access to our full suite of programs and classes; building and investing in the strength of faculty and staff; and seeding the future success of those who work and train here.

NBSS is a dynamic meeting point where lived experiences merge, forging a remarkable collection of identities and aspirations. Our 150 CT students reflect a unique combination of craft and trade, youth and experience, novice and expert. They come from 24 states, are just out of high school or have advanced degrees, and bring with them experience as a firefighter, a librarian, a veteran, a filmmaker, a financial analyst, a bartender, a landscaper, a farmer, and more. Our CE students (239 for the fall term) have backgrounds and interests that are similarly broad, and yet like our full student body, have found a place at NBSS. So many forms of knowledge and skill gathered up, these students are starting new chapters鈥攆or themselves, for their friends and families, and for NBSS鈥攖ogether.

In similar ways, our faculty, staff, and teaching assistants also bring an exciting combination of experience. We have a newly configured Cabinet & Furniture Making faculty, who have taught at both distinguished craft/art schools and within our own CE department, and whose work includes furniture, carpentry, art making, musical instruments, learning technologies, and more. Joining them are two new instructors in Jewelry Making & Repair, who together bring experience in specialized craft, entrepreneurship, logistics, and instruction at the highest level. Their professional backgrounds, connections, and passion will be of such benefit to our students. Shifts in our Piano Technology instructors allows for our first appointment directly from the Teaching Assistant (TA) program, and new professional growth for faculty members. Supporting our faculty across the School, new TA’s and staff members also bring a wealth of lived experiences and professional backgrounds to their multifaceted roles.聽

Throughout our community, each individual contributes to the uniqueness that defines our School. It鈥檚 within this rich mix that we find the essence of NBSS: a changing and lasting community, composed of compelling individual stories and experiences, forming a place of strength, passion, and endurance.

As we step forward into a new season, I look forward to discovering the many possibilities that reside within us all, and the strengths that we will expand and explore by shared work, together.

Sarah Turner, President

天美影音直播 Sarah

As an educator, leading from both the office and the studio, Sarah has worked at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, the Rhode Island School of Design, the State University of New York at New Paltz and the Oregon College of Art and Craft. As the Dean at Cranbrook, she directed the Academic Programs of the Academy, including a 鈥榩ublic-lecture-as-variety-show鈥 series, and a Critical Studies + Humanities residential teaching fellowship, which she established in 2009. Sarah has also worked extensively in the areas of student success, from enrollment and admissions to developing opportunities for students and alumni. She has lectured widely, regularly serves as a guest critic to studio programs, and has organized exhibitions on contemporary craft and design in the US and abroad. In 2005, Sarah was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to the Netherlands to research Dutch contemporary applied art.

In addition to her work in education, Sarah has maintained a studio practice rooted in craft. Trained initially in metalsmithing and jewelry, her work has ranged from woodworking to weaving to printmaking鈥攁lways with a focus on the meanings inherent to objects and materials. Her artwork has been included in exhibitions nationally and internationally, including the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, Galerie Noel Guymarc鈥檋 in Montreal, and The Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston.

Sarah has been a volunteer and advisor for a variety of organizations, including the Southeast Michigan Fulbright Association, the Vermont YWCA, and the Society of North American Goldsmiths. She currently serves on the Boards of the Art Jewelry Forum and The Furniture Society.

Born and raised in Ohio, Sarah received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Smith College and a Certificate in Metalsmithing from the Oregon College of Art & Craft. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

New President Announcement

For interview requests, speaking engagements, or other inquiries, please contact Kevin Derrick at or 617-227-0155 x180.

Miguel G贸mez Ib谩帽ez CF 鈥99 retired as President in 2018, after 12 years of leadership. He leaves behind a tremendous record of physical and economic institutional growth for America鈥檚 first trade school. Among other notable accomplishments, Miguel implemented two strategic plans, secured and led the renovation of the School鈥檚 new 64,000 sf facility, established multiple strategic educational partnerships, and oversaw the School鈥檚 major $20 million Lives & Livelihoods Campaign, which will help to fund $1 million in student scholarships annually.

Born in New England and raised in Europe by parents who worked in higher education, Miguel long aspired to make a living with his hands. After earning a BA from Wesleyan University and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, Miguel worked for 26 years designing civic and educational projects.

Throughout his time at NBSS, Miguel has maintained a furniture making workshop, which provides him not only personal fulfillment, but also a unique perspective on education. His work has been featured in House & Garden, American Craft, and other magazines, galleries, and museums across the country.