Presidential Search 2017-09-26T10:16:44+00:00

September 22, 2017
Dear Members of the MCNY Community,
As we dive back into fall at the College, I am writing to update you on the progress of MCNY’s Presidential Search. As we first announced back in June, President Thompson will be retiring in May 2018 after what will be ten years of distinguished service to MCNY. Over the summer, we hosted a series of Community Forums to hear from all different stakeholders about what you would like to see in our next President. I am grateful to all those who participated in the forums or completed our stakeholder survey.

In partnership with our search firm, RH Perry, the Presidential Search Committee has honed your feedback into a Candidate Profile that is now public on our website. This is the profile we will use to attract our next President.

I am honored to chair the Presidential Search Committee which began their work this fall. On the committee, I am joined by several of my Trustee colleagues, Lyn Hensle-Hirsch, Melanie Schnoll Begun, Andrew Davidson and Al Cafaro. Some Trustees, also on the committee have special connections to MCNY – Connie Robinson-Turner is also an alumna of the MPA program, Frances Walton is the daughter of Barbara Walton, who helped develop Purpose-Centered Education, and Thomas Webber is a former member of faculty. Ultimately, the Board of Trustees will make the final selection, and the involvement of so many Trustees in the process is truly outstanding.

In addition to Trustees, we have other key stakeholders involved. The Committee also has key full-time faculty representation from Dr. Rachel Yager, who also serves as Chair of the Faculty Council, Dr. Theodor Damian and Dr. Pamela Ransom. Cheryl Thomas is another faculty representative; she is both an alumna and adjunct faculty member. MCNY’s staff is represented by Joshua Perez, Director of the Bronx Campus, and two students round out the committee – Kimberly Clemente is an MPA student in the Bronx and also an alumna of the Human Services program, and Zanvenena West-Duprey, a business student in Manhattan.

Now that our Candidate Profile is public, we need your help. Please take a moment to review the profile and think about your own network. Do you know someone MCNY should be talking to? Or someone who could be our next president? Go to our nominations section of the website and please let us know!


Charles Armstrong
Chair, Board of Trustees
Chair, Presidential Committee

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About MCNY

On May 4, 2017, President Vinton Thompson announced that he will step down as MCNY’s 5th president in May 2018, after 10 years in office. Dr. Thompson’s service has been an inspiration and has helped build the solid foundation that the college enjoys today.

Now, the MCNY Board of Trustees seeks to identify an exceptional individual to become the next president. The board has selected a partner, R.H. Perry, to assist in the search.

This page provides additional information about the search and will provide continuing updates to the entire MCNY community at key points throughout the process.

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Members of the MCNY Community,

After ten years of exemplary service, President Thompson has decided to retire in May of next year. And while I deliver this news with a heavy heart, I share it with even greater feelings of admiration and pride. Dr. Thompson’s service has been an inspiration, leading us all through some of the college’s most challenging times, so we would be able to create the solid foundation that we enjoy today.

President Thompson shared his intention to work through 2018 with our Board of Trustees more than two years ago, and we are in the enviable position of beginning a transition more than a year in advance. We all owe Dr. Thompson an enormous debt of gratitude for his accomplishments. Today our mission is strong and we have two new permanent homes – all due to the great efforts of Dr. Thompson and the entire MCNY team. Over the next year, together, we will find appropriate ways to celebrate his service with the entire community.

Many of us were involved with the search that selected President Thompson, and so we know from experience, that a presidential search can be both challenging and rewarding. It is also a unique opportunity to reflect on MCNY’s accomplishments and for us, as a community, to consider how to best approach the College’s future with our history and mission in mind. I look forward to working with you all towards this end.

We are at the beginning stages of this transition. MCNY is fortunate to have President Thompson’s leadership for another year. The Board of Trustees has already selected a search firm R.H. Perry to assist us in our search, and is developing a broader search committee. We hope all members of the community will share their thoughts and opinions about MCNY’s future President via our open public forums, or through our community survey.

The Board of Trustees is excited about this next step for MCNY and we look forward to your involvement as we move through the process. We know we can count on our alumni, students, faculty and staff to engage with us in this college-wide Constructive Action.


Charles Armstrong
Chair, Board of Trustees

MCNY WelcomeDear MCNY students and alumni,

As you have seen in the preceding post from board chair Charles Armstrong, I plan to retire from MCNY in May 2018, after one more year of service. It has been and is a profound honor to serve, preserve and build this singular institution for, what will be, a decade with the College.

We have made a lot of progress. Over the last nine years we reestablished our presence in the Bronx and created five new degree programs. We also achieved specialized accreditation in the Business and Education programs, successfully reaffirmed our primary accreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and made the Learning Enhancement Center a permanent part of the College. Just last week the New York State Regents granted us full Branch Campus status for the Bronx, so we can now offer complete degree programs at both campuses.

In 2013-2016 we carried out the largest projects in the 53-year history of the College, building, equipping and occupying new facilities in Manhattan and the Bronx. And, for the first time in history, we own our own campus homes. We have used these new facilities to achieve higher levels of service, focused on student and community needs. In 2016 we had our most successful fundraising year ever, bringing in a total of $3.2 million in grants and gifts, which have supported the outfitting of the new campuses and the provision of direct services to students.

It has been a pleasure to serve a wonderful student body and thousands of alumni. You personify the commitment of the College to social justice and community betterment. We’ve worked together to make MCNY a place we can all be proud of and I know you will continue that work.

I am not leaving you altogether. My wife and I plan to stay in New York, where I will have some time to pursue the study of my favorite insects, working through the American Museum of Natural History on Central Park West. Also, we have one grandchild on the ground and another due in July, both a long way away in California. My new schedule will permit us to spend more time with them in their wonderful but fleeting early years.

I look forward to working with you during the year ahead as we continue to build the College. In the end, you are the College and always will be. My work here has been and will continue to be for you.

Vinton Thompson, Ph.D.

Search Partner

Metropolitan College of New York has selected R.H. Perry & Associates to assist in the search for its next president. R.H. Perry is one of the most respected and most successful executive search firms serving higher education today.

MATTHEW J. KILCOYNE is Managing Partner with R. H. Perry & Associates. Based in New York City, Matt has led, or been a team member on, over 200 presidential and senior administrative higher education search assignments. He focuses on all aspects of the search process, including needs analysis and the pre-search study; marketing, candidate identification and recruitment; evaluation and screening; candidate due diligence; and selection and transition.

Matt has been a member of the search team for nearly 100 presidential search assignments, including the College of Saint Joseph, Green Mountain College, Marymount University, New England College and Wheeling Jesuit University. Most recently, he has completed presidential search assignments for the College of Saint Elizabeth and Iowa Wesleyan College (2013); Fontbonne University and Seton Hill University (2014); Anna Maria College, Hood College, Mercyhurst University, Marian University (WI), Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, the University of Saint Joseph and Wesley College (2015); Lewis University, Marietta College, the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and Utica College (2016); and the College of Our Lady of the Elms and Immaculata University (2017). He is currently leading the presidential search assignment for the Independence Mission Schools.

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ROGER H. (RUSTY) MARTIN, Ph.D., Senior Consultant, brings over 40 years of experience in higher education administration to our presidential search practice. Rusty has successfully completed presidential searches for College of Saint Elizabeth, Fontbonne University, Iowa Wesleyan College, Seton Hill University and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

For 20 years Dr. Martin served as president of two liberal arts colleges in the United States, Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia and Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. From 1980 to 1986, Rusty was the associate dean at Harvard University’s Divinity School; Executive Assistant to the President and Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees at Middlebury College; and in development positions at New York University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Search Committee

  • Charles Armstrong
    Chair, MCNY Board of Trustees
    Chair, Presidential Search Committee

  • Thomas Webber, Ph.D.
    MCNY Trustee
    Vice-Chair Presidential Search Committee

  • Al Cafaro
    MCNY Trustee
  • Kimberly Clemente
    Student, MCNY School for Public Affairs
    MCNY Alumna
  • Theodor Damian, Ph.D.
    Professor, Audrey Cohen School for
    Human Services & Education
    MCNY Faculty
  • Andrew Davidson
    MCNY Trustee
  • Marilyn Hensle-Hirsch
    MCNY Trustee

Staff to Committee:

Sima Saran Ahuja, General Counsel
Beth Dunphe, Chief Development Officer

  • Joshua Perez
    Director, Bronx Campus
    MCNY Staff
  • Pamela Ransom, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, School for Public Affairs
    MCNY Faculty
  • Constance Robinson-Turner
    MCNY Trustee
    MCNY Alumna
  • Melanie Schnoll-Begun
    MCNY Trustee
  • Cheryl Thomas
    MCNY Adjunct Faculty
    MCNY Alumna
  • Frances Walton
    MCNY Trustee
  • Zanvenena West-Duprey
    Student, MCNY School for Business
  • Rachel Yager, Ph.D.
    Professor, School for Business
    Chair, MCNY Faculty Council
    MCNY Faculty Trustee

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the timeline? When will our next president take office? 2017-06-20T14:46:43+00:00

MCNY will spend the summer of 2017 developing the Presidential Search Profile and expects to begin receiving potential nominations and speaking to potential candidates in fall 2017. We will interview candidates in winter/spring 2017 and the next president is expected to take office in summer 2018.

Who chooses the next president of MCNY? 2017-06-20T14:47:19+00:00

The next president of MCNY will be selected and appointed by the Board of Trustees per MCNY’s bylaws. The Board of Trustees has appointed a search working group and hired search consultants to help develop the search pool, vet candidates, and manage the search process. The Trustees also recognize and value the importance of key stakeholder participation in the process and will engage stakeholders in different ways throughout the search.

How will members of the MCNY community participate in the search process? 2017-06-20T14:48:36+00:00

As the consultants help the Trustees develop the Presidential Search Profile, all members of the community are invited to participate in the scheduled community forums and/or our online survey. This input will be crucial as MCNY develops a candidate profile and begins recruiting candidates.

Representatives from different stakeholder groups including faculty, staff, students and alumni will be included on the Presidential Search Advisory Committee.

Once the Presidential Search Profile is complete, MCNY will launch a nomination portal where members of the community can nominate individuals they think would make wonderful candidates.

Finally, when finalist candidates are selected, the MCNY community will be engaged to meet these individuals.

Are internal candidates treated any differently than external candidates? 2017-06-19T13:29:19+00:00

Internal candidates, that already have some relationship with MCNY, are vetted in the same way as external candidates. All will be assessed based on the Presidential Search Profile. The committee will recommend the strongest candidates for further consideration based on the presidential search qualifications and experiences.

How can I nominate someone or apply myself? 2017-09-27T10:45:48+00:00

Please review the candidate profile and submit a nomination form. You can nominate yourself or someone else and that nomination will go directly to the search consultants, they will reach out to the nominee. You even have the option of keeping your nomination confidential.

Why is confidentiality so important in a search process? 2017-06-19T13:27:50+00:00

Many of our candidates will hold key positions at other institutions and will not participate in a search unless they are assured of confidentiality because they do not want to jeopardize their effectiveness in their current positions. All members of the search committee and Trustees have agreed to confidentiality for all discussions and deliberations related to the presidential search.

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