Office of the President

Interim President Louise H. Feroe, PhD

Headshot of Louise Feroe, PhD.
Interim President Feroe speaks at Convocation


Louise Feroe, PhD, who previously served as Interim Provost and then Acting President at Manhattanville, brings to her position as Interim President a wealth of experience in a number of administrative positions with progressively greater responsibilities, including  her term as President of Mercy College.

Feroe earned her BA in Philosophy from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, and her MA and PhD (also in Philosophy) from the New School for Social Research in New York City.


 Her distinguished career includes appointments as Associate Dean, Dean for Academic Administration, Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, and President of Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York, Senior Vice Chancellor and Acting Chancellor of the Connecticut State University System, Vice President for Connecticut State University to the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education and a number of engagements as consultant for AGB and other nonprofit organizations in the higher education sector. 

Feroe has a strong background and understanding of regulatory landscapes in both New York State and Connecticut and has been successful as a fundraiser, securing grants from the Lumina, Ford, Mellon, and Kellogg Foundations, among others.



Castle in the summer.


Students sitting together on the quad.







Learn more about our leadership structure below.

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

Joseph B. Narus '86

Senior Director, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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

Linda Pistecchia Kirkpatrick '99
President, North America, MasterCard

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

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

Alice D. Leahey '69

Mary O'Gorman Fay Allan '67

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

John Silva Calvao '94
Fund Principal, Arrow Global

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

Cathleen Collins '69
Attorney (Retired)

Austin Purves PhD
Software Engineer, Rockstar Games

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

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

Louise H. Feroe, PhD
Interim President, Manhattanville College

Anthony Viceroy
President and Chief Operating Officer, Summit Health

Christine Dehne
Provost and Executive Vice President

Cara Cea
Senior Communications Officer

Loren Ciardullo
Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Board, Title IX Coordinator

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

Sarah E. Kelly
Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Cindy L. Porter
Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Community Building

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

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





Presidential Search

Manhattanville College seeks a dynamic, inclusive, and visionary leader to serve as its 14th President and invites nominations for, and expressions of interest in, the position. The next President will build upon a record of success at Manhattanville, promote the distinctive quality of the institution in a competitive landscape, and develop a vision of growth and sustainability. Manhattanville has a long history of providing transformative educational opportunities and access to social mobility for its students. The next President will have the opportunity to expand Manhattanville’s brand and visibility, while leading the College’s continued success in today’s competitive higher education marketplace. This new leader must have a deep commitment to the students, the institution’s dedication to academic excellence and social mobility, and the community‘s distinctive culture.  
Students at food truck on campus.


The Presidential Search launched at the February 2023 meeting of the Board of Trustees. The Board hired Louise Feroe, PhD, to serve as Interim President during the leadership transition that began when former President Michael E. Geisler retired last summer.

To assist with the Presidential Search Committee with the search for the best candidates, the Board has retained the services of Storbeck Search. If you are interested in exploring this opportunity or have someone to nominate, please contact Steve Leo, Managing Director and Brian Bustin, Senior Associate at Storbeck Search at

At the conclusion of the search process, the Committee will make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees who will hire our next President.


The Committee invites input from the College’s constituencies. See the list of Committee members below.

Manhattanville Presidential Search Committee 2023

  • Cathleen Collins, Committee Chair, Trustee
  • Michael Dunn, Board Chair
  • William Humphreys, Trustee
  • Christopher N. Lewis, Trustee
  • Stephanie Kloos, Trustee
  • Alice Leahey, Trustee
  • Mary O’Gorman Allan, Trustee
  • Karen Lennon, Presidential Advisory Committee
  • Christopher Pappas, Professor of Biology and Faculty Chair
  • Mary Coakley-Fields, Associate Professor of Education
  • Lauren Ziarko, Librarian and College Archivist



  • Louise Feroe, Interim President
  • Dwight Hilson, Board Chair Emeritus
  • Marion Jordan, Former Trustee


Committee Assistant
Loren Ciardullo


Storbeck Search I Diversified Search Group

  • Steve Leo, Managing Director
  • Brian Bustin, Senior Associate

Manhattanville Strategic Plan 2022 - 2027

Valiant by Design

Focus on Student Achievement
Commitment to Inclusivity and Social Mobility
Enhancing Manhattanville's Profile


Manhattanville College 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 for a full overview of our goals and vision.

Students doing a toast in the Berman Center.
View of the castle from the quad.


Alumni in front of the castle.


Alumni meeting at reunion.





Interim President