"I realized I wanted to work with college
students, especially adult
students who were returning or just starting college. So, I returned to
The College of New Rochelle, NYTS Campus, as an adjunct in 1993. Now,
as the Assistant Campus Director at the JOC Campus I can emphatically
state that education is truly my passion."
Assistant Campus Director
John Cardinal O’Connor Campus
School of New Resources
What is your position at
the School of New Resources?
I serve as the Assistant
Campus Director at the John Cardinal O’Connor Campus. I assist the
Campus Director, Dr. Joseph King, in the overall responsibility for the
campus. I work toward maintaining the student-centered, holistic
academic advisement model primarily by direct supervision of the
Instructional Staff Team.
I understand you’re a
graduate of SNR. What were you doing when you first heard about The
College of New Rochelle?
I was working full-time at
the New York Telephone Company (Verizon) as a trained engineer. In
addition, I served on the ministerial staff of a church as the Director
of the Church School with a membership of over seven hundred. The
church membership was almost ten times as large. I was also a husband
and the father of three young children.
How did you go about
returning to school?
I remember taking the
entrance examination and completing the writing sample with much
nervous energy. It was a relief when I learned that I had successfully
completed the assessment process and would have the opportunity to
complete my college education. My mother was extremely satisfied,
recognizing that this would be another opportunity for me to become a
college graduate. I had not been successful at my previous attempts at
tertiary education. At the time of my re-entry into school, I had been
out of academia for about fifteen years.
So you know what it is
like for an adult to return to college?
I certainly do and it helps
me be a better administrator. I have experienced the long hours of
late-night study, the early rising to prepare children for school, and
the work-week that seems to never end. I’ve been there. I have done
that. And most importantly, I know it can be done. If you are willing
to put in the time and effort, you can earn a college degree,
especially if you attend CNR’s School of New Resources.
When did you graduate?
Well, with much support,
dedication and prayer, I graduated from the School of New Resources in
1989. I was then admitted to Princeton Theological Seminary where I
earned two more degrees: the Master of Divinity and the advanced Master
While you were at
Princeton, were you also working?
Yes, I was as I had a family
to support. I served as a student pastor at a UCC church in Newark, New
Jersey. I also served as an outreach minister of a Presbyterian
church in Paterson, New Jersey. And finally, I worked as the director
of the transition program for homeless men at an Episcopal church in
Paterson, New Jersey. These experiences led me to an opportunity
that was to reveal to me my true passion.
And what is your true
I realized I wanted to work
with college students, especially adult students who were returning or
just starting college. So, I returned to The College of New Rochelle,
NYTS Campus, as an adjunct in 1993. Now, as the Assistant Campus
Director at the JOC Campus I can emphatically state that education is
truly my passion.
From your experience why
is a college degree from CNR’s School of New Resources the right degree
for an adult learner?
One of the major benefits of
the ‘Liberal Arts’ education received at the School of New Resources is
that it provides a person with the tools to choose any field of
endeavor with confidence, knowing that he or she will be equipped to
succeed. The College of New Rochelle, for example, gave me the
instruments necessary to negotiate my future. Now I am able to turn
around and help others gain the same sort of experience, knowledge and
confidence to be successful for themselves. That’s a great feeling for
any professor or administrator. You just can’t beat that experience. It
makes all those long nights and long hours worth all the effort.
What sort of student is
successful at the School of New Resources?
I am not certain that there
is a specific profile for the successful student at the School of New
Resources. Those who are willing to engage new time management
parameters, focus on the academic tasks and seek to enhance written and
presentational skills, develop goals that reach beyond the
undergraduate experience and who are intent on service to others will
make the successful student.