BCW member Iona College finalized an agreement this week to acquire Concordia College’s 28-acre campus in Bronxville. The announcement sets the stage for Iona to pursue plans for a school of health sciences on the Concordia campus, furthering Iona’s strategic investment in the field and building upon Concordia’s legacy of excellence in health science education. The deal also creates opportunities for Iona to introduce new student programming in the performing arts, varsity and club athletics and other extracurricular activities, areas where Iona has successfully been engaging students around shared interests.
“Concordia will forever leave its mark on the history and people of New York. Iona is an institution similarly grounded in faith, and it is our intention to fully honor Concordia’s legacy as we turn the page to a new chapter. With plans to develop a leading school of health sciences on the Concordia campus, Iona hopes to turn these challenging circumstances into a positive development for the students and communities we serve,” said Iona President Seamus Carey who serves on the BCW Board of Directors.
Business Council of Westchester President and CEO Marsha Gordon said, “The Business Council of Westchester applauds Iona and Concordia for reaching this agreement. Higher education is a key driver of economic prosperity not just for students, but for Westchester County and New York State. It is especially encouraging to see Iona’s commitment to preparing future health care professionals, who are so vitally needed in our region and beyond.”
“Bronxville has enjoyed many wonderful decades of partnership with the Concordia College community. Over the years, students, faculty and staff have become our friends and neighbors. They shall be remembered forever with great fondness. As a community, we now step forward confidently and welcome Iona College to our Village. We look forward to building new and lasting relationships resulting in a bright future for all,” said Village of Bronxville Mayor Mary Marvin.
Concordia will cease academic instruction before the start of the Fall 2021 semester.