Marist in­stalls new pres­i­dent

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - Mid-Hud­son News Net­work

Marist Col­lege’s new pres­i­dent, David Yellen, was for­mally in­stalled dur­ing a cer­e­mony Satur­day in the school’s McCann Arena.

Yellen took the helm of the col­lege in July, suc­ceed­ing Den­nis J. Mur­ray, who stepped down as pres­i­dent af­ter 37 years in of­fice.

Mur­ray now serves as pres­i­dent emer­i­tus and pro­fes­sor of pub­lic pol­icy.

Yellen said his pri­or­i­ties for Marist in­clude in­creas­ing the grad­u­ate school en­roll­ment, of­fer­ing more dis­tance learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and broad­en­ing di­ver­sity.

“We’ve been on a great tra­jec­tory for a long time, so I have the lux­ury of tak­ing some time to for­mu­late strate­gic plans, to pick the new ar­eas where we’re go­ing to ex­pand and so­lid­ify our base,” he said.

Yellen said he ex­pects to is­sue a five-year plan for Marist dur­ing 2017.

PRO­VIDED

Rob Dyson, left, im­me­di­ate past chair­man of the Marist Col­lege Board of Trus­tees, and Jim Can­navino, right, also a past chair­man, help the col­lege’s new pres­i­dent, David Yellen, with his aca­demic robe and hood dur­ing Yellen’s in­stal­la­tion on Satur­day.

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