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Meet Our Leadership

Leadership at Manhattanville

Led by Excellence. Rooted in Community.

The Office of the President serves as the main steward of Manhattanville University’s mission to educate students to be ethical and socially responsible leaders in a global community. President Frank D. Sánchez, the Board of Trustees, and the leadership team work closely throughout the year to identify areas of growth, advocate for the institution’s best interests, and implement strategic approaches for a bright and bold future.

President of the University

President Frank Sanchez


For nearly three decades, Frank D. Sánchez, PhD, has advanced higher education policy, programs, and services toward improving college completion rates and modernizing higher education systems. Dr. Sánchez became the fifteenth president of Manhattanville in July of 2023.

In his few months at Manhattanville, Dr. Sánchez has led the institution through a rebrand including University seal and logo as the college became a university. He has already made great strides raising the profile and reputation of the institution through broad outreach to alumni, investments in grant development and partnerships with local and national organizations. He has recently been appointed to the Boards of the Business Council of Westchester and the national board of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU).

Dr. Sánchez’s impressive track record as president of Rhode Island College (RIC), where he served from 2016–2022, included elevating the school’s “U.S. News and World Report” social mobility ranking to #2 among New England public institutions, significantly improving academic facilities, increasing fundraising, and dramatically growing student diversity. Dr. Sánchez advanced RIC up other national rankings, breaking the Top 100 of all public and private Masters Universities in America (2021 Washington Monthly) and made the Top 10 Best Value Colleges among all medium and small institutions in New England (2021 Money Magazine).

During Dr. Sánchez’s nearly six-year tenure at RIC, he led significant advancements for the college including: growing annual giving 200%, increasing the college endowment 65% to $43 million, while securing the largest and third largest gifts in the history of the college. In addition to completing new branding, website, and marketing campaigns, Dr. Sánchez led a renewed Building Futures campaign securing over $60 million in new capital construction funding and completing an additional $50 million to modernize several academic buildings. During his presidency, he also championed a significant increase in the racial and ethnic composition of the student body and the college’s senior leadership team.

Prior to RIC, Dr. Sánchez was Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s largest urban public university, with 25 colleges and graduate schools. At CUNY, he led the development and implementation of the first systemwide strategic plan for student affairs, supporting more than 500,000 students. Prior to CUNY, he served as the senior student affairs officer at both the University of Colorado Denver and Adams State University (formerly college).

Dr. Sánchez has consulted, presented, and spoken at numerous national forums focusing on broad issues impacting higher education institutions. In March of 2024, Dr. Sánchez served as a moderator for the Westchester County Association (WCA) Fifth Regional Workforce Development Summit in White Plains, NY.

A native of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Sánchez holds a PhD in higher education administration with a concentration in learning, cognition and instruction from Indiana University Bloomington, and an MS in student affairs and higher education from Colorado State University. He also holds a BS in psychology with minors in communications and Chicano studies from the University of Nebraska Lincoln.

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Meet Who Guides Us

Several governing bodies share the responsibility of enhancing Manhattanville University’s vision, ensuring its continued commitment to excellence, and keeping leadership aligned with our mission.

The President’s Cabinet includes interdisciplinary leaders from campus representing student life, communications, marketing, information technology, athletics, and academics. The leadership team meets regularly to discuss important initiatives and help the President make strategic decisions.

Christine Dehne
Provost and Executive Vice President

Julene Caulfield
Associate Vice President for Athletics and Recreation

Cara Cea
Senior Communications Officer

Troy L. Cogburn
Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing

Alan V. Gallantar
Vice President for Finance and Operations

Seann S. Kalagher
Vice President for Compliance and Legal Counsel

James Russell
Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Digital Strategy and Planning

The Advisory Council is made up of community leaders and distinguished alumni in the arts, law, finance, government, and higher education who are committed to supporting Manhattanville University’s goals and vision. 

Cathy Allman MAW '01

Matt Anderson
President and CEO
The Osborn

Ryan Beaudry '08
Leader/Analyst, Investor Relations

Jo-Una Spadafora '69
Attorney (Retired)

Cathy French '68
Catherine French Group

Gretchel Hathaway '79
Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Frankline and Marshall College

Rosemary B. James '91
Supervisory Attorney Advisor, Intellectual Property
Department of Homeland Security

Donna Johnson MS '12
Diversity Consultant

Karen Burris Lennon ‘79
Karen B. Lennon Consulting LLC

Erica A. Meloe '83
Velocity Physiotherapy

Patsy O'Grady '61
POG Information Systems

Elizabeth Adams Smith '81
Senior Associate Dean for Administration
SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Maria Stolfi '15, MS '19
Chief People Officer
HMTX Industries

Katy Tucci MS '05
Vice President, Wealth Manager
BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Nicole Wadsworth DO '91
Campus Dean
New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Steven Waldinger
Shapiro, Gettinger, Waldinger and Monteleone, LLP

The President Council recommends, supports, and helps implement DEI initiatives to ensure Manhattanville University is maintaining the social justice values it seeks to uphold. Members represent faculty, staff, and student perspectives.

Explore Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion commitments and initiatives at Manhattanville.

Carleigh Brower, Director, Center for Academic Writing and Composition/Center for Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship 

Catherine Boozang-Hill, Director, Center for Inclusion 

Cara Cea, Senior Communications Officer 

Mary Coakley Fields, Assistant Professor, Literacy Department, School of Education 

Valerie Daley, Associate Director, Financial Aid 

Amanda Delerme, Lab and Clinical Coordinator/School of Nursing & Health Sciences 

Craig Donnelly, Director, Sr. Mary T. Clark Center for Religion & Social Justice 

Christine Farrugia, Assistant Provost of Institutional Effectiveness 

Joseph Gaines, Director, Center for Student Accessibility 

Kendra Henry, Assistant Director, Financial Aid 

Dr. Susan Iverson, Professor and Director of Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership 

Em Lebow, Associate Registrar 

Greisi Luciano, Compliance Specialist/ School of Nursing & Health Sciences 

Paula Moskowitz, Head of Library Instruction and Diverse Populations 

Nayma Qayum, Associate Professor, Political Science, & Global and International Studies 

Kaitlyn (Kaiti) Reid-Saunders, Associate Director, Student Life 

Zoraima Rosario-Rolon, Doctoral Student representative 

Samantha White, Assistant Professor, Sports Studies 


Manhattanville University’s Board of Trustees are leaders in the world of finance, healthcare, technology, and media. Their expertise shapes our mission, guides our institutional goals, and oversees college leadership.

Mary O'Gorman Fay Allan '67

Grace Butler ’64
(retired), Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart 

John Silva Calvao '94
Fund Principal, Arrow Global

Cathleen Collins '69
Managing Partner (Retired) Kinsella, Boesch, Fujikawa and Towle, LLP.

Stephanie Kloos Donoghue '82, Alumni Board President
President, S. Kloos Communications Inc.

Michael C. Dunn '77, Chair
Senior Vice President - Chief Marketing Officer (Retired), Georgia Pacific
CEO, James Gate Group

Sheila Falvey Finnerty ’87, Vice Chair
Executive Managing Director (Retired), Liberty Mutual Investments

Karina Frayter ‘01
Strategic Communications Executive

William H. Humphreys, Vice Chair
Business Director and Senior Vice President (Retired), Stolt-Nielsen USA, Inc.

Linda Pistecchia Kirkpatrick '99
President, North America, MasterCard

Alice D. Leahey '69

Christopher N. Lewis '97, JD
General Counsel (Retired), Edward Jones

Peter Lorenz
CEO, Unirac Inc.

H. Joseph Machicote '86
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Premier, Inc.

Joseph B. Narus '86
Senior Director, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Austin Purves, PhD
Software Engineer, Rockstar Games

Frank D. Sánchez, PhD
President, Manhattanville University

John M. Tolomer
President, Westchester Market, Valley National Bankcorp

Anthony Viceroy
Chief Operating Officer, VillageMD

June R. Wang '67
Program Manager (Retired), Raytheon

Amy Y. Zhang '93
Executive Vice President, Portfolio Manager, Fred Alger Management, Inc.


Emeritus Trustees

D.H. (Don) Callahan ‘78
Head of Operations and Technology, Citigroup Inc. (Retired)

Marcia Pearce DeWitt ‘69
President and CEO, GuilfordPare Ltd. 

Dwight R. Hilson M.A.W ‘09
Managing Director, Greenwich Media Management, LLC.

Marion C. Jordan ‘70
Vice President, Verizon Communications, Inc. (Retired)



Manhattanville Strategic Plan 2022 - 2027

Our vision, mission, and values drive us.

The Manhattanville University Strategic Plan for 2027 builds on our past accomplishments while recognizing that our continued success is determined by a focus on student achievement, a commitment to inclusivity and social mobility, and efforts to enhance Manhattanville's profile.

Our vision is that Manhattanville University will be a nationally recognized higher education institution distinguished for:

  • Providing access to educational excellence and preparing our graduates for an increasingly complex global society.
  • Creating transformative opportunities for all types of learners.
  • Instilling the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in all we do.

Download the Manhattanville Strategic Plan.

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Other Campus Leaders


The Office of the Provost is responsible for all academic affairs including accreditation, academic integrity, and faculty support. Find more information on how Provost Christine Dehen, MFA, is supporting our educational mission.

dean of students

As the Dean of Students, Susan Boyd is in charge of fostering an environment where every student can thrive. Learn more about resources like the code of conduct, residence life, student events, and Title IX.


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