“We believe that partnerships and signature
programs, such as the St.
John Fisher Ed.D., offer limitless opportunities for growth at The
College of New Rochelle. They build on CNR’s solid reputation as an
academic leader, and, as importantly, leverage us for promising 21st
College and District Partnerships
The College of New Rochelle
Tell us a little about yourself. What is your professional
I’m a Westchester resident
since 1980, living in Rye Brook with my wife Eileen, a Special Educator
at Southern BOCES. I have two children, Darrell, a dentist in
Mamaroneck, and Daniell, a math teacher at Eleanor Roosevelt High
School in New York City.
For the past 28 years, I’ve
been a superintendent of schools in Blind Brook (13), Harrison (10),
Valley Stream High School District (3) and Smithtown (2). Prior
to leading schools, I served as associate superintendent and high
school principal in Poughkeepsie (5 years) and as a director of a
federal program with the central administration in New Rochelle’s
public schools (2 years). I hold a Ph.D. from New York University.
What is your position here
at The College of New Rochelle?
Originally, I was appointed
Assistant Dean, Graduate Education, in October to manage CNR’s
co-sponsored programs. Since then my position has expanded to include
developing partnerships with BOCES, the Catholic Diocesan schools,
Lutheran Network, community colleges and business/corporations for The
College of New Rochelle four schools. In addition, in my new role as
Director of College and District Partnerships, I am the liaison between
the CNR and SJFC’s Executive Leadership program.
I had been an adjunct
professor at CNR since 1973 in the Educational Leadership Master’s
What are your responsibilities?
My responsibilities require
working with the deans of the four schools in order to develop
professional development opportunities and graduate programs at
partnership sites supported by public, parochial, and private
Do you teach now at the College?
I have taught in the Ed
leadership program in the graduate school for many years. My expertise
is organizational leadership, finance and research methodology. I
have been invited by St. John Fisher to teach in their doctorate
program on the CNR campus.
Tell us about the new program with St. John Fisher?
The St. John Fisher Executive
Leadership Doctorate is a 60-credit program, offered in an accelerated
cohort model that already has three years of success in Rochester,
NY Candidates work on their dissertation while completing
their courses and are assured of success through an aggressive
mentoring/support structure. Their research is field-based and geared
to improving the schools, hospitals, medical facilities, corporations,
and government entities from which we will be recruiting them for this
Executive Leadership opportunity.
Will there by more programs like this for the College?
We believe that partnership
and signature programs, like the Ed.D., offer limitless opportunities
for growth at The College of New Rochelle. They build on CNR’s current
reputation as an academic leader and leverage us for exciting 21st
century innovations in higher education, specifically, and pre-K-16
We are currently developing
relationships with the Brooklyn Diocese that could result in unique
professional development offerings, as well as attracting students to
our School of Arts & Sciences by replicating our Math Day for
Girls. We’re establishing a relationship with Northern BOCES to have
our graduate Literacy faculty mount a master’s on their campus and
formulate a Professional Lab school for research at their K-12 Walden
School. We are pursuing with Southern BOCES a program for regional
career/technical teachers that, if successful, could involve of School
of Arts & Sciences and School of New Resources. We are looking to
establish close relationships with the Yonkers and Mt. Vernon school
districts to examine and research critical challenges in urban
What do you like best about your job?
I like best the creative
challenges of marketing The College of New Rochelle brand and growing
programs that benefit our students and communities.