Academic, business, and civic leaders joined members of the NYIT community last week to celebrate the official installation of Henry C. “Hank” Foley, Ph.D., as president of New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). Foley became NYIT’s fourth president on June 1, 2017, following a national search.
“The goal I have set forth during my presidency is for NYIT to be among the highest ranked institutions of higher education in the New York metropolitan area,” President Foley said during his installation ceremony remarks. “I want us to be the school of choice for students who wish to pursue professional careers, especially in health care, life and molecular sciences, engineering, computer and data science, architecture, and business, and we are making progress to that end.”
A member of the BCW, NYIT offers 90 degree programs, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees, in more than 50 fields of study. These include architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has 10,000 students in programs and campuses in New York (Manhattan and Old Westbury, Long Island) and Arkansas as well as China, Canada, and the United Arab Emirates. NYIT sponsors 13 NCAA Division II programs. For more information, visit nyit.edu.
“The business community has a constant need for highly educated and skilled workers such as those graduating from NYIT,” said Dr. Marsha Gordon, President and CEO of The Business Council of Westchester. “NYIT is especially valuable in that it is equipping the workforce with the skills needed in health care, life sciences, engineering, computer sciences and business leadership – which will fuel the economy of tomorrow. We wish Dr. Foley and the entire NYIT community all the best and join with them as partners in making sure that Westchester continues to have the most highly skilled and educated workforce in the nation.”
Before joining NYIT, Foley served as interim chancellor of the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) since November 2015. He was also a tenured professor of chemistry at MU and a professor of chemical and biochemical engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Previously, he was vice president for research and dean of the graduate school at The Pennsylvania State University. He also held faculty appointments at Penn State and the University of Delaware.
Foley earned a Bachelor of chemistry from Providence College, a Master of chemistry from Purdue University, and Doctorate of physical and inorganic chemistry from Penn State. He holds 16 patents for his research, has written more than 150 articles and a textbook, and has mentored nearly 50 undergraduate and graduate thesis students. He has been recognized as a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the National Academy of Inventors. In 2015, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science by Providence College and in 2017 earned the Distinguished Science Alumni Award from Purdue University.
Foley and his wife, Karin, reside in Plandome, New York.