William Latimer, Ph.D. was named the 14th president of The College of New Rochelle in April 2018.
Latimer brings to the office of president more than 20 years of administrative and faculty experience with nationally recognized institutions, including Johns Hopkins University, the University of Florida, Gainesville, and Lehman College.
Under his leadership as dean of the School of Health Sciences, Human Services, and Nursing at Lehman College, the school developed new academic programs, a wide range of partnerships with community-based agencies that supported increases in extramural research awards, and inter-professional and multidisciplinary partnerships between liberal arts and professional disciplines.
Prior to joining Lehman College, he served as the Elizabeth Faulk Professor and Chair of the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology in the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions. At the University of Florida, Latimer developed Public Health Minute, a radio show featured on Public Radio member stations. With more than 500 segments aired to date, the program features expert medical researchers who are interviewed about their work and provide practical health advice.
A noted epidemiologist with over 100 peer-reviewed publications and a 20-year record of continuous NIH-funded research, Latimer was principal investigator and director of the State Department-Funded Humphrey Fellowship for international fellows and the NIH-funded Drug Dependence Epidemiology Training Program at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. He has held faculty positions with Lehman College, the University of Florida, the University of Minnesota, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Latimer holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Rhode Island; an M.P.H in epidemiology from the University of Minnesota; a Master’s Degree in developmental psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University; and Bachelor Degrees in English and Psychology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Dr. David Donnelly joined the College as Interim Dean of the Graduate School in September 2015. In August 2016, he was named Dean of the Graduate School and Interim Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences.
Donnelly’s career in education spans undergraduate, graduate, and professional education. He started his career with the University of Houston’s School of Communication, where he rose from Instructor to Associate Professor. He later served as the Director of Continuing Education at Sarah Lawrence College, Dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University, and Dean of the College for Graduate Studies at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. He has also served as a Visiting Research Fellow at the McGannon Center at Fordham University.
Donnelly has produced and directed numerous video productions, including Grading the Media (2009), which was broadcast on Connecticut Public Television, and Visual Velocity (2000) which aired on PBS Stations across the Southwest and at several film festivals. He has written extensively for newspapers and academic journals and has contributed chapters to eight books, including The Culture of Efficiency and Real Law@ Virtual Space.
He holds a B.A. in Radio, Television, and Film from the University of Maryland, College Park, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Communication from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research areas include technological innovation, media forecasting, and the scholarship of teaching.
Luis Santiago came to The College of New Rochelle as Interim Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management in 2018 and was promoted to Vice President for Enrollment Management in January 2019.
Prior to joining CNR, Luis served as the dean of enrollment at Long Island University Brooklyn, where he oversaw both undergraduate and graduate admissions and worked with their global school. In his 18 years at Marist College, he held roles of increasing responsibility, including 10 years as director of undergraduate admissions. During Luis’ tenure, applications doubled, and Marist welcomed the largest and most geographically and ethnically diverse freshman class in its history.
At Marist, Luis was co-chair of the Marist Diversity Council, co-founded the Agents of Social Change Male Mentor Group, and served on the Strategic Planning Committee.
Luis also has served as a delegate to the National Association for College Admission Counseling and on the executive board of the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the Walkway over the Hudson, in Poughkeepsie, NY, and is a recipient of the 40 Under 40 Shakers Award. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Marist College.
Thomas Cunningham joined The College of New Rochelle in May 2016 as Assistant Vice President for Finance/Controller and was named to his current position, Vice President for Finance and Administration, in November 2016.
Cunningham has held positions of responsibility for divisions and stand-alone operations associated with global public companies and privately held firms. His experience includes overseeing the financial performance of portfolio companies, including international operations, and he has worked with financial advisory firms in the areas of restructuring, turnaround, bankruptcy and interim management.
Prior to joining the College, Cunningham served as CFO/COO at Fundamental Corporate Credit US, LLC, an alternative investment management company. Earlier in his career, he was CFO and Administrative Officer at Vault.com, Inc., where he established administrative functions, instituted operational controls, hired staff, implemented systems, and structured employee health and benefit programs. He also served as Managing Director of the Capstone Advisory Group, where he assisted senior management in evaluating operations and improving financial performance as the company went through a complex transformation from a food processing plant to a producer of ethanol.
More recently, Cunningham filled the Managing Director role at FTI Consulting, where he led the financial team in working with investment bankers to sell strategic assets of a multinational company. He also served as CFO at FiLIP Technologies, Inc.. Over the course of his career, the roster of companies that have benefitted from his expertise includes the Interpublic Group of Companies (IPG), Havas North America, and Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising.
Cunningham is a member of the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors. He earned a B.S. in Accounting from Manhattan College and a M.B.A. in Corporate Financial Management from Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. An active member of number of not-for-profit and volunteer organizations, he serves on the parish council for the Church of St. John and St. Mary, in Chappaqua, New York, and as a board member of La Salle Academy in New York City. He is a founder and board member of San Miguel Academy in Newburgh, New York.
Brenna Sheenan Mayer came to The College of New Rochelle in 1990 as Vice President for College Advancement. Her primary responsibilities are the successful development and implementation of the College's alumnae/i relations and fundraising programs.
She has extensive fundraising experience. Prior to joining CNR, she worked for the United Fund, the United Way of Tri-State and the United Way of NYC for 14 years, and for one year at New York University.
During her tenure at CNR, Mayer has successfully raised more than $140 million for the College, including a successful two-phase $78 million campaign leading to the College's Centennial celebration in 2004, and she has effectively completed several other fundraising initiatives to support a wide variety of CNR programs. Under her leadership, the Alumnae/i Association and its subcommittees have become more active and engaged in programs, events, communications, and social media, utlizing the skills and talents of class officers and an increased number of otehr alumnae/i volunteeers.
Mayer has a B.A. in psychology from Pace University. She is an active participant in CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education), the New York Women's Agenda, the Junior League of Bronxville, and Women in Development, New York (WIDNY).As president of WIDNY from 2004 to 2006, she focused on service and as a results, membership increased by almost 30 percent to 770.
Rebecca Lafleur, currently Associate Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, joined the CNR faculty in 1999 as an Assistant Professor of Psychology, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2003. During her time on the faculty, she has served as Chairperson of the Psychology Department and Director of the Women’s Studies Program, and was instrumental in the revision of the SAS core curriculum. She has also played key roles on numerous college committees, including Council of Faculty, the Faculty Development Committee, and the Strategic Planning Taskforce.
She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Smith College and a M.A and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Temple University. She has conducted research in the areas of sexual harassment and the stigma of feminist identity, and is currently examining the phenomenon of “fat talk” among young women. She is an active member of the Association for Women in Psychology and has served as their newsletter editor and conferences liaison.<-p>
Wendi Vescio, currently the Associate Dean of the Graduate School, joined the staff of the CNR Graduate School in 2007 as Director of Human Services, after earning her master’s in guidance and counseling. In 2010, she was promoted to Assistant Dean for Academic Administration and subsequently to her current role as Associate Dean in 2012. She has taught numerous workshops during her tenure at the College focusing on credentialing for students working toward teacher certification.
She served as a member of the Strategic Planning Taskforce, has served as Chair of the Professional Staff Council and is currently a member of the Presidential Search Committee. In addition to her counseling degree from CNR, she holds a B.S. in Finance from Fairfield University, professional preparation that allows her to bring additional perspectives to her new role.
Dr. Kristine D. Southard has worked as an expert in adult learner educational models for the School of New Resources at The College of New Rochelle for 23 years. In 1994, she joined the College as a faculty member in the School of New Resources, where she taught English and American literature courses as well as required courses for the degree. Serving on many college-wide committees during this time, Southard also was part of the Steering Committee for the Middle States review in 2000.
In 2002, Southard was named Campus Director of the Co-op City Campus. Under her leadership, the campus expanded to capacity and became a central part of the Co-op City community. Working with local and state representatives, she secured government grants that enhanced the technology of the campus with smart classrooms and computer labs.
In 2012, Southard was named Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs. She co-chaired the Strategic Planning Initiative that led to the identification and development of the College’s strategic goals for the next five to 10 years. As Assistant Vice President, Southard was responsible for the development of the Learning Commons, which offer academic support services to students of all four schools. The Learning Commons was combined with the Gill Library and became the College’s Library Learning Commons.
In 2015, Southard was named Interim Dean of the School of New Resources. In her first two semesters, Southard opened a new site in downtown Yonkers and energized the School and its faculty and staff through new articulation agreements with the College’s own School of Arts and Sciences and several academic partnerships with the Graduate School. She was named Dean in July 2016.
Southard holds a B.A. in English and Political Science from Fordham University, and a M.A. in English and a Ph.D. in Literature, both from New York University.
Dr. Debra Simons was named Dean of the School of Nursing & Healthcare Professions in July 2017. She had served as associate dean of the School since 2015. As a certified nurse educator, simulation healthcare educator, and certified case manager, she has practiced in diverse settings, which include clinical, business and academia.
Dr. Simons is committed to assisting in the development of healthcare students as future inter-professional team members. She has written many inter-professional clinical scenarios and has developed an outcome evaluation instrument inspired by QSEN competencies, which measures student self-efficacy post inter-professional simulation.
Prior to coming to CNR, Dr. Simons was the director of the Certificate Entry into Nursing Second Degree Nursing Program at the University of Connecticut and was a professor at Norwalk Community College.
Dr. Simons contributes to scholarly publications. Most recently, her piece on the use of simulation in nursing was included in the book, The New Nurse Educator: Mastering Academe, and she provided a reflective response in seeking lifelong mentorship and menteeship in doctoral advanced nursing practice in the book, Role Development for Doctoral Prepared Nursing Practice. She has also developed a Quality and Safety Self-Efficacy Scale © and has completed a study Measuring Self-Efficacy during Inter-Professional Clinical Simulation,
She has been inducted as a Fellow in the New York Academy of Medicine and is passionate about urban health. She is a member of the board for the non-profit organization, Under One Roof, which addresses urgent and complex needs facing today's families.
She holds a B.S.N. from The College of New Rochelle , a M.S.N. from the University of Phoenix and a Ph.D. from Capella University.
Ana Fontoura has been Dean of Gill Library since 2009. Her background includes over 25 years of combined library experience in technical services, serials, reference, teaching, staff training, and electronic resources in academic and school libraries. She is a past member of the Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization Executive Board and is CNR's Liaison Officer to New York University's Faculty Resource Network.
An active member of the College Community, chairing and serving on many committees, Fontoura believes that the library serves as the beacon of digital and information literacy and works to advance and facilitate the development of solid information seeking behaviors for our students. Her responsibilities include leading and planning for library resources and services including the development of Library Learning Commons for all students at CNR, as well as administrative oversight of all campus libraries. Her interests include trends in library innovation, management and technology, children's literature, and promoting lifelong learning.
Fontoura received a B.A. in psychology from The College of New Rochelle, a M.L.S. from Queens College – City University of New York, and a M.S. in gerontology from The College of New Rochelle. She has participated in the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education and also holds a certificate in leadership and management from the New York Library Association.
Tiffani Blake was named Dean of Students in 2015. In this role, she directly supervises programs that enhance student engagement and campus life including student activities, residence life, health and wellness initiatives, orientation, student leadership, judicial affairs, and commuter student services.
A CNR alumna, Blake first joined the College's Student Services staff in 2005. She served as Associate Director and Director of Student Development. Most recently, she served as Special Assistant to the President for Mission and Board Relations, through which she worked to inspire members of the College Community to embrace CNR's Ursuline heritage and mission of education and service.
Blake is actively involved in the Archdiocese of New York. She is a member of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council and has been a commissioner of the Office of Black Ministry since 2005, serving on numerous committees. In 2014, she served on the Archdiocesan Advisory Group to Timothy Cardinal Dolan. She is a founder and member of the Harlem Chapter of the Associates of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament; founder and co-advisor of the St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church youth group; and assistant choreographer of the church's liturgical dance ministry.
She holds a B.A. in psychology from The College of New Rochelle, a M.S. in industrial/organizational psychology from Bernard M. Baruch College, and a Ed.M. in higher and post-secondary education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in organizational leadership from Northeastern University.