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Dominican University New York Begins Search For Next President

Dominican University New York has begun its search for its next president. The University is widely advertising and inviting interested candidates to apply, after establishing a Presidential Search and Screening Committee and hiring professional search firm, AGB Search.

In addition, Dominican University New York has created a webpage with links to a Presidential Search Profile, a search timeline, and information on how to apply for the job.

“The Presidential Search Profile will guide the search and was drafted with information gathered from Listening Sessions hosted by AGB consultants and a community survey,” said Trustee John F.M. Flynn, Ph.D., Chair, Presidential Search and Screening Committee. “As described in the profile, our ideal candidate will model servant leadership, be emotionally intelligent, culturally competent, inspiring, collaborative, and a visionary leader.”

A candidate should ideally have an earned doctorate, a history of distinction in progressively responsible leadership roles, and a record of scholarship, according to the school. “The University’s next president should also be mission-driven, student focused, financially competent, a proven fundraiser, an eager university ambassador, a skilled decision maker, and a committed academic leader.”

A full list of desired attributes is available in the Presidential Search Profile.

The next president of Dominican University is expected to have the following leadership priorities:

  • Advance the mission and maintain a relationship with the Dominican Sisters
  • Achieve long-term and comprehensive financial stability
  • Strengthen student enrollment, retention, and success
  • Build community and articulate a bold, unifying shared vision of the future
  • Stimulate a culture of philanthropy among internal and external constituencies
  • Strengthen a commitment to academic excellence and grow academic programs
  • Develop a new Strategic Plan as a university
  • Strengthen campus culture and unity
  • Further diversity and inclusion

Dominican University New York launched its search for a new president, following the retirement of Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., Ph.D. who served as president for a total of 35 years.  The Board of Trustees appointed Sr. Mary Hughes, O.P., Ed.D. to serve as interim president until a permanent replacement is named.

For more information, visit and click on “Careers at DUNY” at the bottom of the webpage.

Veolia Renews Support for St. Thomas Aquinas College’s STEM Exploration Summer Program

St. Thomas Aquinas College will continue to run its STEM Exploration Summer Program, thanks to a grant renewal from Veolia. This annual program, now in its third year, offers one-week residential experience designed to ignite passion for STEM in junior and senior high school students.

STACUnder the guidance of faculty and industry experts, participants will delve into diverse STEM disciplines, earning three transferable college credits through the College’s “SCI 100: STEM Exploration” course. Beyond the classroom, students will embark on off-site STEM excursions, interact with members of the STEM@STAC Advisory Board, and gain insights into potential STEM career paths.

“We are so excited to offer our STEM Exploration Summer Program again this year. In past years, students have noted that this immersive experience has inspired them to embark on career paths in STEM fields such as Computer Science, Biology, and more,” said  Dr. Bianca Wentzell, Dean of the School of STEM at St. Thomas Aquinas College. “We cannot wait to meet this year’s cohort of students.”

This program, which costs $1,000, covers housing, dining, and an immersive educational experience, providing an accessible gateway to valuable college credits (a $3,500 standalone value). Scholarships are available to ensure inclusivity and accessibility for all interested students.

“Our support of St. Thomas Aquinas College’s STEM Exploration Summer Program is very important to our organization,” said Chris Graziano, vice president and general manager of Veolia operations in New York. “As a world leader in the environmental services industry, this partnership aligns perfectly with our commitment to the community and sustainability. We think it is one of the most unique initiatives in the Hudson Valley.”

Applications are open and will be accepted through May 1, 2024. For further details and to apply, please visit

Chazen Business Luncheon Will Be Held April 19; This Year’s Honorees are Goya Cares & Interstate 59 Toyota

The 17th Annual Simona & Jerome A. Chazen Business Luncheon will be held April 19 11:30am-1:30pm at the Pearl River Hilton. Tickets cost $175. The business luncheon supports victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Proceeds benefit the Center for Safety & Change.

This year, the foundation will recognize international business partner Goya Foods humanitarian arm Goya Cares, and our local business partner Interstate 59 Toyota. Our keynote speaker will be David Chazen, Co-founder & Partner at Strategic Equity Investors and Managing Director at Chazen Capital Partners.

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