Message from the MCNY Board of Trustees

To the MCNY Family,

As you know, President Joanne Passaro will be retiring this summer. Last fall, the Board of Trustees began the search process for MCNY’s next president, engaging AGB Search, LLC to lead the effort in coordination with an Advisory Presidential Search Committee co-chaired by trustees Melanie Schnoll Begun and Dr. Darlene Williams BPS ‘00, MPA ’04. To help determine the desired characteristics and requirements of the new president, the search consultants conducted listening sessions with faculty, staff and students, and distributed a survey to those who could not attend. The Board and I are grateful to all who participated, as your input helped us to craft the final Search Profile, which appears below.

Beginning later this month, ads will be placed in major publications covering higher education and New York City, as well as publications that reach women, Black and Latine professionals.

Please join me in thanking President Passaro for her leadership, dedication and important contributions on behalf of MCNY, its students and its mission. We are grateful for all she has done, and we wish her well in her new adventures. As you know, the Board has voted to name her as President Emerita upon her retirement in honor of her achievements.

I will continue to keep you updated as the search process unfolds. Thank you again for your dedication and commitment; together we will continue to chart new pathways for realizing a strong and successful future for this great College.

With best regards,

Gary P. Jenkins
Chair, Board of Trustees

Candidate Profile

Candidate Profile

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Search Partner

Metropolitan College of New York has selected AGB Search to assist in the search for its next president. AGB Search is one of the most respected and most successful executive search firms serving higher education today. AGB Search’s Executive Search Consultants have extensive experience in higher education search, and many have served in college and university leadership positions.

Please direct any nominations, expressions of interest, or questions regarding the application process to or to the AGB Search team

Matthew (Matt) Kilcoyne joined AGB Search as a Principal in January 2023.  He brings over 20 years of higher-education executive search experience, having successfully completed over 250 searches for a leading executive recruitment firm. His search assignments for presidents, vice presidents and deans have focused on search committee and Board relations; institutional analysis; marketing, candidate identification, recruitment, and evaluation; candidate due diligence; and selection and transition.

Representative Executive Searches 

  • Alvernia University – President; Provost
  • American International College – President
  • Baldwin Wallace University – Vice President for Student Affairs
  • College of Mount Saint Vincent – President
  • Holy Cross College – President
  • Lewis University – President; Provost
  • Manhattan College – Provost
  • Mercyhurst University – President
  • Metropolitan College of New York – President
  • Quincy University – President; Vice President for University Advancement
  • Siena College – President; Dean, School of Business

Experience and Honors

Mr. Kilcoyne has been a speaker and panelist at higher education professional organization meetings and conferences, including the American Council of Education’s Fellows program and Advancing to the Presidency workshop, the American Association of State College & Universities’ Communications Conference for Senior Professionals, and the Association of Catholic College & Universities’ Aspiring Presidents workshop and Chief Diversity Officers and Chief Academic Officers conferences.

Mr. Kilcoyne has worked closely with the Washington Jesuit Academy since its inception and is Class Chair for both Gonzaga College High School and Georgetown University. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Theatre Delta, which uses interactive theater to promote dialogue and social change in communities globally.


  • Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University

Matthew J. Kilcoyne
AGB Search

Carlton E. Brown, Ed.D.
Executive Search Consultant
AGB Search

Carlton Brown Ed.D. joined AGB Search in 2017.  Dr. Brown is also a Senior Fellow for AGB Consulting focusing on Business Strategy.  He stepped down from the presidency of Clark Atlanta University (GA) in June 2015 after seven years of service preceded by one year as executive vice president and provost. He previously served as special assistant to the chancellor of the University System of Georgia for the implementation of system-wide change initiatives.

Dr. Brown has recently completed searches for:

  • Bethune-Cookman University (FL) – President
  • Claflin University (SC) – President
  • Texas Christian University – Inaugural General Counsel

Dr. Brown’s first presidency was at Savannah State University, from 1997 to 2006. Previously, he spent 10 years in the administration of Hampton University as a dean of education, dean of liberal arts and education, and then dean of the graduate college and vice president for planning.

He has served on the boards of NAFEO, UNCF, the Holmes Group, and AACTE. He currently serves on the advisory board of the Epicenter at Stanford University and Momentus: a Sustainability Collaborative. In civic and professional service, Dr. Brown has served as the chair of the AACTE National Commission on Multicultural Education and the boards of the Youth Futures Authority in Savannah, the Savannah Economic Development Authority and   vice chair of the Hampton Virginia School Board.

Dr. Brown has completed international endeavors. He has served as the chair of the University Consortium for Liberia and initiated an economic summit for the Liberian Government in Atlanta and help an education and business summit in Liberia. He currently serves on the advisory board of the Osei TuTu Institute of Technology in Ghana and serves as an institutional and leadership consultant to the University of The Bahamas.

Dr. Brown holds a B.A. in English and American studies as well as an Ed.D. in Multicultural Education and Organizational Change, both from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Search Committee


  • Dr. Darlene Williams, BPS ‘00, MPA ’04
    Secretary of the Board of Trustees
    Co-Chair, Presidential Search Committee

  • Ms. Melanie Schnoll Begun
    Member of the Board of Trustees
    Co-Chair, Presidential Search Committee


  • Dr. Sarah Ceballos
    Assistant Professor of Business

  • Ms. Wendy Cohen
    Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees

  • Mr. Humphrey Crookendale, Esq.
    Vice President for Academic Affairs

  • Dr. Louise Feroe
    Member of the Board of Trustees

  • Ms. Loretta Foy, BBA ’17, MPA ’18
    Coordinator of Student Services, Bronx Campus

  • Dr. Hui-Yin Hsu
    Dean for Academic Affairs

  • Dr. Charles Gray
    Associate Professor of Human Services
    Chair of the Faculty Council and Faculty Trustee

  • Mr. Gary Jenkins, MPA ’06
    Chair of the Board of Trustees

  • Dr. Sophie Lee
    Program Director and Assistant Professor of Public Affairs and Administration

  • Mr. Philip Meade
    Director of Career Education

  • Mr. Jonathan Reiss
    Member of the Board of Trustees

  • Ms. Alicia Rivers, ’BPS 22
    Current MBA student

  • Dr. Grace Roosevelt
    Member of the Board of Trustees

  • Ms. Marricka Scott-McFadden, MPA ‘13

Staff to the Committee

  • Ms. Isabel Cabrera
    Executive Assistant to the President