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Manhattanville Announces New Leadership Changes

by The BCW

Manhattanville College has announced important developments in its leadership. The College has named Louise Feroe, Ph.D., as its Interim President. Feroe, former Acting President and former Interim Provost at Manhattanville College, took over as Interim President July 1 after the departure of Manhattanville College’s 13th president, Michael E. Geisler, Ph.D., who retired effective June 30.

“I am excited to assist the Board of Trustees of Manhattanville to embark on a search for the next President of this college and to help define the characteristics of Manhattanville for the 21st century,’’ said Feroe. “Manhattanville has emerged from the pandemic as a stronger, more versatile institution that is still true to its roots but adapting to changes in education and the world. I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead Manhattanville into the future and the next chapter of our story.’’ Manhattanville is launching a new strategic plan focused on helping the college continue to evolve and adapt to the needs of the market while staying true to its mission to educate socially responsible leaders.

Feroe joined Manhattanville in 2017 as Interim Provost and was at the helm as Acting President when Geisler was on sabbatical last year. An experienced administrator, Feroe was formerly President of Mercy College and served as Academic Vice President for the college. Manhattanville College also announced this week that Michael Dunn, a digital marketing and strategy consultant, has been appointed as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees as the college begins a new era. Dunn is retired from Georgia Pacific where he was Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. A 1977 graduate of Manhattanville, Dunn has been on the board of the college since 2015 most recently serving as Vice Chair and a member of the executive committee.

“Manhattanville College is in its moment,’’ said Dunn. “The pandemic created challenges, but it also created opportunities for us to reinvent ourselves, keeping the best of our traditions while exploring new ways to attract students and expand our offerings. Our new School of Nursing and Health Sciences and our Center for Design Thinking are just two examples. I’m excited to use my energy and my skills in management and marketing to lead us through this sea of change and promote all that we have to offer as a top liberal arts college.’’

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