Crookendale addresses MCNY Community moments after the announcement.

A Message from President Passaro:

Dear Members of the MCNY Community,

I am delighted to announce that Humphrey Crookendale, J.D., Dean of the School for Public Affairs, has agreed to serve the College as Interim Chief Academic Officer (CAO) until a permanent CAO has been named.

Humphrey Crookendale is the longest-serving member of the Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) community.  He joined the College in January of 1983 and was soon followed by Dr. Richard Grallo, with whom he served on the steering committee that led to the College’s inaugural accreditation through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

School for Public Affairs and Administration 25th Anniversary Gala (MPA Alumni Network board 2013, Tanya Patterson, Michael Goodwin, Robin Talley, Dean Crookendale, Monique Stevens, Kastombia Wanamaker)



In his 36 years at the College, Humphrey has the distinction of having served in leadership positions in all three schools—as Associate Dean and Acting Dean of the School for Human Services; as Dean of the School for Business; and in his current position as Dean of the School for Public Affairs.  He will continue to serve as Dean while also serving as Interim CAO.

Dean Crookendale was instrumental in designing and getting approval from New York State Education Department (NYSED) for the College’s first graduate program, the former MS in Administration.  He later worked with NYSED to change that degree to the MPA in Public Affairs and Administration, which led to a demonstrable increase in enrollment.  Dean Crookendale also secured approval from NYSED to offer the College’s degree in Emergency and Disaster Management.  And finally, he launched the Urban Dialogue Series, a forum that exposes students to a broad range of positions on topics germane to public policy.

February 2019, Dean Crookendale hosts Urban Dialogue with Bronx Borough President Ruben Dias, Jr.

February 2019, Dean Crookendale hosts Urban Dialogue with Bronx Borough President Ruben Dias, Jr.

Humphrey is deeply dedicated to Purpose-Centered Education, to the College and to our students.  I have known him to be a leader of commitment and integrity, and I am pleased that he is willing to step into this role to help assure that the College continues to advance its mission and goals.

Please join me in congratulating CAO Crookendale on his new role!


Joanne Passaro

President, Metropolitan College of New York