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David GoeweySchool of New Resources, New Rochelle Campus
Instructional Staff, Letters

Dr. Geraldine Valencia-GoSchool of Nursing
Associate Professor

Erica Olson-BangSchool of Arts & Sciences
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Steven HobbsSchool of New Resources, Co-op City Campus
Instructional Staff, Letters

Catherine PearlmanSchool of Arts & Sciences
Assistant Professor of Social Work

Amy MeyersSchool of Arts & Sciences
Assistant Professor of Social Work

Dr. Malcolm OliverGraduate School
Chair, Public Administration

Michael A. GilliamSchool of Arts & Sciences
Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Lee WarrenSchool of Arts & Sciences
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Jorge MedinaSchool of Arts & Sciences
Assistant Professor of Economics

Daniel B. SmithFaculty
School of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Connie VanceSchool of Nursing

Dr. Cynthia KramanSchool of
Arts & Sciences
Associate Professor
of English

Dr. Lynn A. PetrulloDr. Lynn A. Petrullo
Professor of Biology
School of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Michael QuinnSchool of Arts & Sciences
Associate Professor, Chair

Dr. Teri Kwal GambleGraduate School
Professor of Communication

Gloria BenhuriDirector of
Learning Resource Center for Nursing

Jennifer CrowhurstStudent Development
Campus Minister

Katrina RheinDirector of
Castle Gallery

Kelly BrennanKelly Brennan
Director of Alumnae/i Relations

Kelly DowningSchool of New Resources
Rosa Parks Campus

Mary WhiteAssistant Vice President
for Student Services

Tiffani BlakeStudent Development
Associate Director

Dr. Malcolm Oliver
Graduate School
Chair, Master of Public Administration

We want to become a community resource, not only a center for education,and we want to become more international. We live in a globalizedenvironment, and the challenges of the 21st century can’t be solved inour own small world.

Dr. Malcolm Oliver has just begun work at his position as the Chair of the newly created Master of Public Administration program at The College of New Rochelle. His office is sparse; the only decoration is an image of President John F. Kennedy and a quote, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
“This is a brand new program,” Dr. Oliver said, “we want to become a community resource, not only a center for education, and we want to become more international. We live in a globalized environment, and the challenges of the 21st century can’t be solved in our own small world.”
Dr. Oliver would know. He was a non-traditional student and enrolled in (Mt. San Antonio College) Community College before being accepted into the Honors Program at the University of California Riverside. He lived in Capetown, South Africa, for one year and cultivated an academic interest in local government management. He continued this pursuit and received an MPA from Cal Poly Pomona and then a Ph.D. in Public and Urban Administration from University of Texas Arlington.
“In the 1960s it was incredible cool to want to help,” he said. “In the 1980s, government was viewed as a problem. Now, we have so many challenges — war, homelessness, poverty, education, environment — and as a society we need to find creative ways to adapt to the changing external environment and keep our standard of living as high as it’s been. The public sector can’t force it; the public has to want it.”
“Just like me, these students all started with the desire to be responsive to the needs of society, the desire to make a difference in the world or their communities. Our first cohort of students bring a lot of energy; they work in public and non-profit agencies, and school districts.  We are already recruiting the second cohort, and reaching out to local non-profit agencies to diversify the type of students we have. The more diversity, the better learning environment is created.”
While Dr. Oliver’s academic experience has been in big public universities, he’s enjoyed the opportunity to work in a smaller environment at CNR. He remarked that he was happily surprised that, new to campus, he knew all of the MPA students and CNR administrators by name.
“New York City is a big place, but CNR is a nice island in a busy place, where things slow down for you to think and consider issues. I know all my students by their first name and I know all the administrators. It’s a personal environment. My teaching philosophy is an exchange, and in this environment we can develop a symbiotic relationship which is very valuable to both professor and student.”