December 6, 2023


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A Concept from President Brennan O’Donnell and Board Chair William N. Dooley ’75

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ODonnell,-Brennan-headshot-copy.jpgThe subsequent announcement was shared with the Manhattan Faculty local community on Friday, March 4, 2022:

To the Manhattan Faculty group,

From the starting of my time below in the northwest Bronx in 2009, I have been blessed to perform with lots of superb people—students, college, administrators, team, and alumni—who function so tough and faithfully to make the School the great spot that it is. As I say to incoming learners and their people every 12 months, Manhattan’s power lies in the point that we have fantastic people with a excellent feeling of purpose—a intent that is firmly grounded in our Lasallian Catholic mission.

Over the past 13 decades, my admiration for our mission and our individuals has grown into a deep affection for the Higher education and its heritage, and I have been privileged to be a section of the growth and continuing flourishing of this potent, resilient establishment. 

So it is with mixed emotions, and following much reflection and prayer, that I have made the decision that this educational yr will be my very last as president of Manhattan School. This was not an effortless decision, but I know that the time is appropriate to pass the torch. The long term is shiny for Manhattan School, and I am assured that we will be in very good hands with Brother Daniel Gardner, FSC at the helm while the search for a new president moves ahead.

I am wanting forward to a prepared sabbatical beginning in July just before inevitably returning to the get the job done of educating and scholarship that initially attracted me, as a college or university pupil, into the planet of larger education and learning. I will constantly be grateful to have experienced the possibility to lead this fine establishment. I will normally retain our neighborhood in my prayers and will continue to maintain Manhattan College in a specific area in my heart.


Brennan O’Donnell

A concept from the Chair of the Board of Trustees:

To the Manhattan College local community,

Nowadays marks an vital transform for Manhattan Higher education.

President Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., has introduced that he will get started a lengthy-planned sabbatical in June 2022.

The Board has been in conversations with Brennan for a even though with regards to his motivation to acquire a sabbatical prior to transitioning his function to President Emeritus and Professor of English. At the Board’s ask for, for factors that benefited the university group, he agreed to postpone his programs. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I want to thank Brennan for accomplishing so and for his 13 several years of service to and leadership at Manhattan School. 

All through his time as president, Manhattan University has persistently rated substantial in educational-quality surveys these kinds of as US News and the Princeton Evaluation, though distinguishing by itself primarily as a top school for return on expense and for supporting military veterans.  He has spearheaded the constructing and opening of equally the Raymond W. Kelly ’63 Student Commons in 2014 and the Patricia and Cornelius J. Higgins ‘62 Engineering and Science Heart in 2021.  

On his check out the Higher education made many new tutorial and university student-guidance programs, which include the reestablishment of the MBA program in the O’Malley College of Company, the Arches first-yr residing-and-mastering neighborhood, and the Occupation Pathways software, which integrates tutorial help, advising, and career growth packages.  He delivered management for the “Invest in the Vision” Funds Campaign, which has surpassed its $165 million aim a long time forward of program.  Through his time as president, the College’s endowment grew from $40.4 million in 2009 to $148.2 million in 2021.

We are delighted to announce Brother Daniel Gardner, FSC has agreed to provide as Interim President as we carry out a national search for Dr. O’Donnell’s successor. Numerous of you are perfectly acquainted with Br. Dan, who given that 2016 has served at Manhattan College in the Business of Admissions and in Academic Affairs in the Middle for Graduate University and Fellowship Advisement. 

All those of us who know Br. Dan, know him as a passionate and engaged member of the Manhattan College or university family members.  In addition to remaining very well-regarded and hugely revered by associates of our school community, his deep familiarity with the establishment and our local community will empower him to make the changeover seamless for our learners.

As we start out the look for for a long term president, the Board’s Government Committee is fully commited to speaking with the College or university group on a regular basis as the lookup method unfolds, and we look forward to assembling a consultant assortment committee.

Again, we are deeply grateful to Dr. O’Donnell for his many years of service. Manhattan Faculty carries on to be greatly regarded for excellence in offering an partaking and transformative academic practical experience, and on behalf of the Board of Trustees, we look ahead to an interesting potential.

William N. Dooley ’75
Chair of the Board of Trustees

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