Liam McKiernan '01
What being an Alumnus Means to me...
My Manhattanville College experience was very special. My family moved in between my Sophomore and Junior years of high school, forcing me to switch schools. For my final two years of high school I struggled to make meaningful relationships with my new peers. I looked forward to being able to start fresh in college. Since I was young, I had always wanted to attend Fairfield University to follow in my brother's footsteps. I was accepted early and was extremely excited to attend. To my dismay, there was a financial issue and my grant was taken away from me. My parents couldn't afford to send me to Fairfield without it. At this time, all schools had accepted their 1997 enrollment and it looked as if I might have to take a semester off before attending college. My high school guidance counselor called me into his office and told me he had a close friend in the Manhattanville admissions department that might be able to enroll me in the fall. Although I had never stepped foot on the campus, I accepted. It was one of the happiest accidents of my life.
Over those next four years I forged some of the closest relationships I've ever had. Manhattanville's core curriculum allowed me to explore subjects that I was truly interested in. Manhattanville's elective workshops opened my eyes to areas of study such as screenwriting, poetry, and photography which all play into my current career. The faculty is very approachable and they genuinely want you to succeed. Manhattanville has even more to offer than when I attended and I strongly encourage current and new students to take full advantage of all that is available to them. You never know which club, activity, or subject could spark an interest and possibly set you on a career path.
My friends and I still talk about how much fun we had during our time there and how we wish that we could go back and do it all over again. I'm very proud to have been part of the Manhattanville community and appreciate all that it has given me.
Liam McKiernan '01 has been a Production Manager at MTV Networks for the past 6 years. For a brief time period, Liam worked as a Federal Investigator before breaking into the Television industry in 2002. Starting at the bottom, he worked as an NBC Production Assistant for a daytime talk show hosted by John Walsh (America's Most Wanted). If you've never heard of the talk show, it's most likely due to reruns of That's So Raven receiving higher ratings.
He was accepted into the Director's Guild of America Training Program in 2005, outperforming thousands of applicants for one of only seven available spots. In late 2005, he began working as a Production Manager for MTV Networks. Liam has worked on over 40 productions including Best Week Ever, I Love the 70's, 80's and 90's, numerous documentaries and reality shows. It has always been Liam's dream to have a successful career in Film & Television, and he feels very fortunate to have been working consistently in the industry for almost a decade.
Liam was married in October 2008 to the love of his life, Diane Morris. They currently live in lower Westchester. While Liam continues to have success in TV, he also aspires to be a screenwriter. He has co-written two feature length screenplays with his writing partner, and older brother, Christian McKiernan. Liam is extremely proud to be a Valiant alumnus and hopes to inspire current and future students at his alma mater.