President Stephen J. Sweeny 1976-2011
Visit the CNR
Department of College Relations page honoring President Sweeny
featuring a slide show and video.
“I got my job through the New York Times,” stated Dr. Stephen J.
Sweeny, retiring President of The College of New Rochelle at the
2006 Founder’s Day celebration. A self-described “kid from the
Bronx,” Sweeny had heard of the CNR from neighborhood girls. He
arrived in August, 1976 with two new Deans at the College that
was transforming itself into a four school academic institution.
Over the past 35 years, the President Sweeny has worn many hats:
Assistant to the Provost, Assistant to the President for
Government Relations, Executive Assistant to the President, Vice
President for Planning and Vice President of Academic Affairs,
Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and President.
He warmly recalls the welcome he received from Ursulines, other
administrative and secretarial staff, and faculty. “That first
day, as the beneficiary of genuine kindness from just about
everyone I met, I discovered that this was not going to be a
transitional job…What I found and have treasured for all these
years were the people—the faculty, staff, students,
alumnae—and in a category by themselves—the Ursulines.
“IT was all here—in mission and in the people who were and are
always the principal resource in implementing that mission—you
and the hundreds who came before us.” Sweeny assumed the
presidency of CNR in 1997.
The College of New Rochelle stands and salutes you, Dr. Sweeny
in thanksgiving for 35 years of dedicated service. As you
retire, we pray for you: “ad multos annos!”
Exhibit by Martha Counihan, O.S.U.,
Online adaptation by Susan Acampora, 2011