Manhattanville College Names Interim President

July 01, 2022

Manhattanville College has named Louise Feroe, Ph.D., as its Interim President.

Interm President making speech.

Feroe, former Acting President and former Interim Provost at Manhattanville College, took over as Interim President July 1 after the departure of Manhattanville College’s 13th president, Michael E. Geisler, Ph.D., who retired effective June 30.

“I am excited to assist the Board of Trustees of Manhattanville to embark on a search for the next President of this college and to help define the characteristics of Manhattanville for the 21st century,’’ said Feroe. “Manhattanville has emerged from the pandemic as a stronger, more versatile institution that is still true to its roots, but adapting to changes in education and the world. I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead Manhattanville into the future and the next chapter of our story.’’ Manhattanville is launching a new strategic plan focused on helping the college continue to evolve and adapt to the needs of the market while staying true to its mission to educate socially responsible leaders.

Feroe joined Manhattanville in 2017 as Interim Provost and was at the helm as Acting President when Geisler was on sabbatical last year. An experienced administrator, Feroe was formerly President of Mercy College and served as Academic Vice President for the Connecticut State Universities and Acting Chancellor for the former Connecticut State University System. She led higher education executive searches as a consultant before coming to Manhattanville.

“Louise will be a tremendous asset as we conduct a search for our new President,’’ said Michael Dunn, Chair of the Manhattanville Board of Trustees. “She is a very able administrator and will be a steady hand on the tiller to set the stage for Manhattanville’s next chapter. Her experience in higher education executive searches will also be a great benefit. We thank her for her leadership.’’

Geisler announced his retirement last month after six years as President. One of Geisler’s signature accomplishments was the creation of the school’s Center for Design Thinking, which has helped to attract new students and is a nexus between Manhattanville’s liberal arts tradition and a practical tool for problem solving. The emphasis on Design Thinking as a tool for creative problem solving will serve Manhattanville very well in its emergence from COVID and as it begins the next chapter in its rich history of preparing students to be change agents in the world.

About Manhattanville College
Manhattanville College is a small, private liberal arts institution dedicated to academic excellence, purposeful education, and social justice. U.S. News and World Report ranks Manhattanville the number one private, non-profit institution among Top Performers of Social Mobility in Regional Universities North 2022. The College has earned a designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education which has allowed it to recruit more Latinx students and seek federal funding to support them.

Located 30 miles from New York City on a 100-acre suburban campus in the heart of bustling Westchester County, Manhattanville enables easy access to robust entertainment offerings, educational resources, and business opportunities for its primarily residential and diverse student body. The College serves more than 1,500 undergraduate students and nearly 1,000 graduate students from more than 44 countries and 33 states. Founded in 1841, the College offers more than 75 undergraduate and graduate areas of study in the arts and sciences, education, business, and creative writing, as well as continuing and executive education programs. Graduate students can choose from over 70 graduate and certificate programs. Extracurricular offerings include more than 45 clubs and 20 NCAA Division III teams. To learn more, visit

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