Bill Thomas
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Finance

Bill Thomas is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the New York Philharmonic, where he oversees the Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology and Media departments. Mr. Thomas initially joined the Philharmonic in 1999 as Chief Financial Officer, and served in that capacity until 2004, when he was named General Manager. In 2006, he joined the staff of the Metropolitan Opera, serving as Assistant Manager and Chief Financial Officer. He rejoined the Philharmonic as Senior Vice President in 2008. Prior to joining the Philharmonic, Mr. Thomas held several non-profit and government positions, including Deputy Executive Director of the Brooklyn Public Library, Commissioner of Finance for the City of Yonkers, Deputy New York City Finance Commissioner, Budget Director for the Manhattan Borough President, Associate Director of Research and Negotiations for DC 37, AFSCME, and Analyst for the NYS Financial Control Board. He has also served as Board Chairman of the West Side YMCA, and is presently a Board Member of Delta Dental of New York and a Trustee of the American Federation of Musicians Pension Fund. Mr. Thomas has served as a faculty advisor at the New School, lectured at NYU’s graduate program in arts management, and has taught public and non-profit management at City College’s graduate program in Public Service Management. Mr. Thomas holds a BA in American History, Magna Cum Laude, from the City College of New York, and an MPA from Columbia University, where he was a Public Service Fellow.

Semester Course
Fall 2013 CAP-GP.3110.001 Capstone: Advanced Project in Public Management and Finance

Couples with CAP-GP.3111.

As part of the core curriculum of the NYU Wagner Masters program, Capstone teams spend an academic year addressing challenges and identifying opportunities for a client organization or conducting research on a pressing social question. Capstone, in architecture, is the crowning piece of an arch, the center stone that holds the arch together, giving it shape and strength. Wagner's Capstone program plays a similar role, by providing students with a centerpiece of their graduate experience whereby they are able to experience first-hand turning the theory of their studies into practice under the guidance of an experienced faculty member. Projects require students to get up-to-speed quickly on a specific content or issue area; enhance key process skills including project management and teamwork; and develop competency in gathering, analyzing, and reporting out on data. Capstone requires students to interweave their learning in all these areas, and to do so in real time, in an unpredictable, complex, real-world environment.

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