Dominican University New York Launches Search for its Next President

Dominican University New York has officially launched the search for its next president. The University is widely advertising and inviting interested candidates to apply, after establishing a Presidential Search and Screening Committee and hiring professional search firm, AGB Search.  

In addition, Dominican University has created a webpage with links to a Presidential Search Profile, a search timeline, and information on how to apply for the job. 

“The Presidential Search Profile will guide the search and was drafted with information gathered from Listening Sessions hosted by AGB consultants and a community survey,” said Trustee John F.M. Flynn, Ph.D., Chair, Presidential Search and Screening Committee. “As described in the profile, our ideal candidate will model servant leadership, be emotionally intelligent, culturally competent, inspiring, collaborative, and a visionary leader.”

An earned doctorate, a history of distinction in progressively responsible leadership roles, and a record of scholarship is preferred among candidates. The University’s next president should also be mission-driven, student focused, financially competent, a proven fundraiser, an eager university ambassador, a skilled decision maker, and a committed academic leader. A full list of desired attributes is available in the Presidential Search Profile.

The next president of Dominican University is expected to have the following leadership priorities: 

  • Advance the mission and maintain a relationship with the Dominican Sisters
  • Achieve long-term and comprehensive financial stability
  • Strengthen student enrollment, retention, and success
  • Build community and articulate a bold, unifying shared vision of the future
  • Stimulate a culture of philanthropy among internal and external constituencies
  • Strengthen a commitment to academic excellence and grow academic programs
  • Develop a new Strategic Plan as a university
  • Strengthen campus culture and unity
  • Further diversity and inclusion

Dominican University New York launched its search for a new president, following the retirement of Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., Ph.D. who served as president for a total of 35 years.  The Board of Trustees appointed Sr. Mary Hughes, O.P., Ed.D. to serve as interim president until a permanent replacement is named.

Students Encouraged to Apply for $5,000 Health Care Scholarship

Dominican University New York students who are pursuing careers in health care, social work, and psychology are encourage to apply for the following $5,000 scholarship for the 2024-2025 academic year.

 Amount $5,000
 Term or Year Fall 2024 (2024-25 Academic Year)
 Awards Available   110
 Renewable Yes
 Deadline May 1, 2024
 Organization United Health Foundation


Diversity in Health Care Scholarship applicants must meet the following scholarship criteria to qualify:

  • Students must be enrolled in a 2-year or 4-year HACU Member (Dominican University is a member).
  • Open to student pursuing degrees (associate, bachelor, master, doctorate) that will lead to careers as Clinical Professionals that may include Physician, Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse Midwife, Nurse, Pharmacist, Dentist, Social Worker, Addiction Counselor, Clinical Psychologist, or related clinical professions. 
  • Open to Undergraduate (classified as a sophomore or junior) and Graduate students.
  • At the time of application, students must have at least (2) two years of study remaining before their anticipated degree completion date.
  • Must be enrolled full-time.
  • Minimum GPA of a 3.0 or higher.
  • Identifies as Hispanic/ Latino, Black/African American, Native American/ Alaska Native or Asian or is focused on the health of these communities or other underrepresented racial/ethnic groups.

Scholarship Specific Essay (250-500-word essay): 

  • What is your personal motivation for applying to the Diversity in Health Care Scholarship?

Renewable: scholarships may be renewed annually for up to 4 years (maximum $20,000) as long as the student maintains eligibility requirements or until the student has completed their intended degree, whichever comes first.

Benefits for Scholarship Recipient:

  • All scholarship recipients will be invited to attend Webinars with HACU partners to learn about current career opportunities in their field.
  • All scholarship recipients will be invited to apply for HACU National Internship Program with corporate and federal partners. 
  • Sophomores and Juniors will be invited to attend the Emerging Leaders’ Summits.

Requirements for Scholarship Recipient:

  • (25) Twenty-five Juniors are required to attend the ¡Adelante! Leadership Institute at HACU’s 38th Annual Conference from November 1-3, 2024, in Aurora, Colorado (SAVE THE DATE). Expenses (travel, hotel lodging, and registration) are included as a scholarship benefit.
  • (60) Sixty Sophomores are required to attend the ¡Adelante! Leadership Institute at HACU’s 39th Annual Conference November 2025 in Aurora, Colorado. Expenses (travel, hotel lodging, and registration) are included as a scholarship benefit.

Please Note: Current 2023 Diversity in Health Care Scholars cannot apply for the 2024 Diversity in Health Scholarship Program application. 

Local Business Leader Pledges $1 Million Gift to Dominican University

A local business leader, who wishes to remain anonymous, has pledged a $1 million gift to Dominican University New York. 

Joseph Valenti, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, said the University is very grateful for the generous donation, “This gift will go far to aid the University in its efforts to keep the cost of higher education within the reach of all students. Dominican University is nationally recognized as a leading university for social mobility with many of its students being the first in their families to attend college.”

All first-time, full-time freshmen at Dominican University receive some form of financial aid, thanks to the generosity of benefactors, alumni, and friends of the University.   

Dominican University and Albertus Magnus College Reach Agreement to Help Aspiring Physical Therapists

Under a new agreement, qualified Albertus Magnus College graduates can enroll in Dominican University’s DPT program.

Dominican University New York and Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT, have announced a new partnership where qualified Albertus graduates with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology can enroll at Dominican to pursue the Doctor in Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.

Dominican University New York is one of only a few institutions across the country that offers the DPT in a weekend format. Students in the DPT program attend class Friday through Sunday, every other weekend, throughout the year, for 3.3 years to earn their doctorate degree. The intensive weekend program allows students to continue working part time and maintain family responsibilities.

“Albertus Magnus College is excited about this collaborative partnership,” said Mark Barreuther, Ph.D., Professor of Biology and Chair of the Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics. “It is a testament to the quality of an Albertus education, a liberal arts, values-based education where experiential learning takes a central role in the journey of our students and prepares them to enter graduate and professional programs like the DPT at Dominican.”

Emil Euaparadorn, DSc, Director of the DPT Program at Dominican University, said the University is ready to welcome Albertus Magnus students, “I know that students from Albertus Magnus College will excel in our program. We have more than 300 clinical relationships with premier hospitals in New York and New Jersey, allowing students to gain invaluable, hands-on experience. Dominican University is also very proud that recent graduates from the DPT program have a first time pass rate of 100 percent on the PT licensure exam – the best in the nation. On top of that, 100 percent of our former students are
employed within six months of graduation.”

Prior to admission, Albertus Magnus students with a 3.0 GPA must complete prerequisites in biology, anatomy and physiology, physics, chemistry, psychology and statistics. In addition, they must document at least 60 hours of voluntary or work experience in settings where a licensed physical therapist is employed. Students who are interested must apply and submit all documents online through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (TCAS) or submit a letter of intent by October 1 in order to be considered for placement the following academic year.

Dominican University recently opened a new, state-of-the-art physical therapy research laboratory. The Gallucci Physical Therapy Research Laboratory has all the necessary equipment for cutting edge research. In addition, students attend class, have practical exams and hold a Pro-Bono Physical Therapy Clinic in the lab. There are three exam rooms in the laboratory that allow faculty to observe students in real-life scenarios.

Dominican University NY Extends Fall 2024 Enrollment Deposit Deadline

Dominican University New York has extended its Fall 2024 enrollment deposit deadline from May 1 to June 1 in response to changes in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

“We want to ensure prospective students and their families have ample time to analyze their financial aid packages before making this important decision,” said John Burke, Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management, Dominican University New York. “We hope extending the deposit deadline will help alleviate stress and empower families to make an informed decision.“ 

The U.S. Department of Education rolled out a completely overhauled FAFSA for 2024-2025 in an effort to simplify the financial aid process, but unfortunately there have been glitches and delays that will lead to later offers of financial aid than in previous years. 

Dominican University is committed to helping students and their families navigate complicated college financing options.  For more information, or to ask questions, contact Student Financial Services at or call 845-848-7821.  

Dominican University New York Appoints Interim President

Sr. Mary Hughes, O.P., Ed.D.

The Dominican University New York Board of Trustees has appointed Sr. Mary Hughes, O.P., Ed.D., to serve as Interim President, replacing President Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., Ph.D., who is retiring on January 1, 2024, after serving two terms as President for a total of 35 years. 

“Sr. Hughes has an impressive background with a wealth of experience in education and leadership positions,” said Steven Sabatini, Chair of the Dominican University Board of Trustees. “We are very fortunate that she has agreed to serve as Interim President during this time of transition to allow Sr. Mary Eileen to begin her much-deserved retirement while we continue our search for a permanent President.”

Sr. Hughes said, “I look forward to being on campus and meeting students, faculty, and staff who make up the heart of this special university community.  Sr. Mary Eileen has a record of remarkable accomplishments at Dominican University, and I am honored and humbled to be called upon to uphold her legacy of promoting educational excellence, while stressing the importance of service and respect for the individual.”

Sr. Hughes is a member of the Sisters of St. Dominic, Congregation of the Holy Cross, Amityville, NY. Her early ministerial activity was in elementary education, serving as a teacher, a catechist, an assistant principal, and then a principal.  After completing advanced studies, she ministered as a teacher educator both at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY, and then at Iona College, which is now Iona University, in New Rochelle, NY.  Sr. Hughes was Chair of the Education Department at Iona, and later was Special Executive Assistant to the President and Campus Dean.  In addition, she was a member of the Board of Trustees of Molloy College, which is now Molloy University, for 12 years, including five years as Board Vice Chair. For more than nine years, she has been an Adjunct Professor at the Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus, teaching a doctoral seminar on The Spirituality of Leadership for the Graduate School of Education, Center for Catholic School Leadership and Faith-Based Education.

From 2009 to 2012, Sr. Hughes served in the presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). She represented the majority of Roman Catholic Sisters in the United States at meetings of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and at the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life at the Vatican. She held that position during her second term as Prioress of the Sisters of St. Dominic of Amityville.  She was Prioress from 1995-2001, and again from 2007-2013.  She then served on the staff of LCWR as their Director of Transitional Services.  Sr. Hughes now works as a consultant to religious communities as they seek to further their life and mission.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Molloy University, a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College, and both a Master in Education and a Doctorate in Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College. 

Sr. Hughes is expected to remain in the role of Interim President until a permanent replacement is named.  The Board of Trustees has formed a Pre-Planning Committee which has interviewed professional search firms, canvassed the University community for input, and formed a Presidential Search and Screening Committee which will conduct the first round of interviews of potential candidates. The Board is looking for a candidate who will continue to fulfill the University’s mission to promote educational excellence, leadership, and service in an environment characterized by respect for the individual and concern for the community and its needs. 

Sr. Mary Eileen announced her retirement on October 2, 2023, saying she felt the time was right after the institution attained university status and constructed the long-awaited turf field and track for student athletes.  The turf field was officially named the O’Brien Field on Saturday, September 30, 2023, in recognition of Sr. Mary Eileen’s years of visionary leadership and service.  She is the longest-serving President in Dominican University’s 71-year history and will continue to serve on the Dominican University Board of Trustees.  

Dominican University New York currently serves approximately 1,500 students offering undergraduate programs, master’s programs in teacher education, occupational therapy, nursing, business, and organizational leadership and communication, as well as doctoral programs in physical therapy and nursing.

FMA Chapter Established for Finance Students

Finance majors have new opportunities now that Dominican University has established a Financial Management Association International (FMA) chapter.  Ivan Rudolph-Shabinsky, Director, Division of Business, Leadership, & Innovation, said that FMA is a great resource to help students develop skills and navigate the different areas that offer finance careers. 

“There are many benefits. For instance, FMA students have access to Wall Street Prep, which provides practice case studies similar to those that investment banks require students to complete when interviewing for analyst positions.  Another benefit is the many conferences and networking events organized by the FMA,” said Rudolph-Shabinsky. 

The Dominican University FMA chapter will be open to anyone with an interest in pursuing a career in finance.  Weekly meetings will focus on practice case studies and guest speakers. In addition, students will raise money to fund trips.  Students interested in joining the chapter should contact the student president, Nicolas Arrieta at

PHIT Program Offers EMS and Healthcare Professionals Free Tuition for Winter 2024 

The first ten accepted applicants for for January 2024 PHIT program will have tuition waived for the first semester.

Dominican University New York has announced an exciting opportunity for EMS and healthcare professionals. The first ten accepted applicants for the January 2024 Public Health Informatics & Technology (PHIT) program will have tuition waived for the first semester.   

This offer aims to alleviate financial burdens and encourage more individuals to pursue additional education and training. Those who earn a Certificate in the Public Health Informatics & Technology program (PHIT) at Dominican will receive the education, support, and internship opportunities necessary to excel in their careers.  

The goal of the Health Informatics curriculum is to strengthen the ability of health care professionals to utilize data science to better react to health care emergencies, better collect and analyze public health records, leverage the opportunities provided by today’s technology, and elevate the diversity in the health care workforce, The program offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of EMS and healthcare professionals, empowering them to make a difference in the field. 

Dominican University is one of only ten colleges nationwide, and the only institution in the tri-state, to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to develop a PHIT program. The program is supported by consortium members including Bon Secours Charity Health System, CorEvitas, Cornerstone Family Healthcare, EmpiRx Health, Mount Sinai Health System, and the New York State Department of Health.  

The PHIT program is led by a team of faculty members who bring their real-world expertise to the classroom ensuring that students receive practical, up-to-date training that is directly applicable to their work in the field. Recognizing the demanding schedules of EMS and healthcare professionals, the program offers flexible learning options, including online classes and evening courses, allowing students to balance their education with their career responsibilities.  

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply for the January 2024 class as soon as possible to take advantage of this opportunity. For application details and program information, please click here. Prospective students interested in learning more about the PHIT program should email Assistant Professor Carrie Boericke at

This project is supported by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number 90PH0004/01 The Public Health Informatics & Technology Workforce Development Program for grant amount $2.2 million. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by ONC, HHS or the U.S. Government. 

President Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien Announces Retirement

President Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien has announced her retirement after 35 years of service.

Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., Ph.D., President, Dominican University New York, announced on Monday, October 2, 2023, that she will be retiring. “It has been a distinct privilege to serve as the president of this remarkable institution for 35 years,” she said, noting that she has not set a definite date for her departure to give the Board of Trustees adequate time to search for a new president and to ensure that there is a smooth transition to new leadership. 

In an email to students, faculty, and staff, Sr. Mary Eileen wrote, “Serving as president of Dominican University has never been a job for me; it has been a mission and a calling.  I will forever hold the University, its students, faculty, staff, and alumni in my heart.”    

Steven Sabatini, Chair of the Dominican University Board of Trustees, thanked Sr. Mary Eileen for her unparalleled service to the University, “Her leadership and vision transformed what was once a small college into a respected university. The campus has greatly expanded with new, modern buildings and academic programs, including those offering master’s and doctorate degrees,” he said. “I am proud to have worked with her for the last 21 years, including the past three as Chair of the Board of Trustees. Sister Mary Eileen will be missed, and we wish her only the best as she embarks on a new phase of her life.” Sabatini said that the Board will be establishing a committee to begin the search for a new president. 

Sr. Mary Eileen said the fact that the institution attained prestigious university status, and constructed a long-awaited turf field and track for student athletes factored into her decision. “Having recently achieved both these long-term goals, I feel the time is right for me to announce my impending retirement,” she said.  The turf field was officially named the O’Brien Field on Saturday, September 30, 2023, in recognition of Sr. Mary Eileen’s years of visionary leadership and service.   

Sister Mary Eileen is a member of the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt and has dedicated herself to education, congregational excellence, and leadership for more than 50 years.  She began her educational career in the Bronx, where she was raised. She taught mathematics at St. Benedict’s School and St. Pius High School before becoming the principal of St. Luke’s School in the South Bronx.  In 1977, she was called upon to assist her mentor and former teacher, Sr. Natalie Casey, who was President of what was then Dominican College, Sr. Mary Eileen’s alma mater.  Sr. Mary Eileen later served as Acting College President for one year, was elected to serve as College President in 1979, and remained in that position until 1987 when she left to lead the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Dominic of Blauvelt for six years. In 1997, she was chosen to serve again as President of the College and has remained in the position ever since. Dominican College was renamed Dominican University New York in May 2022, when the NYS Board of Regents approved the new University status, under Sr. Mary Eileen’s leadership.    

Sr. Mary Eileen earned a doctorate degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Fordham University, a master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education from Teachers College of Columbia University, and a master’s degree in Mathematics from Manhattan College. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Dominican College.  She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Journal News/Junior Achievement Business Person of the Year, Rockland Employment Network Lifetime Achievement Award, Helen Hayes MacArthur Award, Annual Award from Rockland Economic Development Corporation (REDC), Women Pioneers in Education Award, Dominican University Hall of Fame, and Our Lady of the Rosary Leadership Award from the New York Archdiocese.

In addition to her dedication to Dominican University and the Sisters of Saint Dominic, Sr. Mary Eileen is active in the local, regional, and national organizations. Some of her involvements include the Helen Hayes Advisory Board, Caldwell University Board of Trustees, Rockland Business Association Board of Directors, Council of Independent Colleges Board, The Commission of Independent Colleges and Universities Board, Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference President’s Council, Dominican Higher Education Council, and Lower Hudson Valley Catholic Colleges and Universities Consortium. She also participates in the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Sr. Mary Eileen is one of five individuals to serve as President of Dominican College/University, and the longest-serving President in its 70-year history.  Dominican University New York currently serves approximately 1,500 students offering undergraduate programs, master’s programs in teacher education, occupational therapy, nursing, business, and organizational leadership and communication,  as well as doctoral programs in physical therapy and nursing.

Ten Students Chosen to Participate in National Data Mine Network

Pictured above are eight of the ten students chosen to participate in the National Data Mine Network with Mathematics and Physics Instructor Jovan Zigic.

Ten Dominican University students have been chosen to participate in the competitive National Data Mine Network – out of just 122 awards across the U.S.  The Purdue University Program, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, gives selected students a $5,000 stipend and real-world data science experience working with corporations.  The goal is to provide students at minority-serving institutions access to cutting-edge courses, research opportunities, and industry partnerships. 

“The National Data Mine Network allows students at Dominican to become exposed to the intense research conducted at Purdue University, all while continuing to receive personal mentoring from the tight-knit relationships they’ve established with Dominican faculty,” said Jovan Zigic, Instructor of Mathematics and Physics.

This year, Dominican University students have been assigned to work with corporate partners in diverse industries such as aerospace, cosmetics, chemical manufacturing, and healthcare.  Data Science is an emerging interdisciplinary STEM field which leverages access to large amounts of data toward creating innovative business or scientific solutions. 

Redesigned IT Major Gets State Approval

Under the redesigned IT major at Dominican University, students will be able to take more specialized courses.

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has approved a redesigned information technology (IT) major at Dominican University that will allow students to take more specialized technology courses. NYSED also approved a new cybersecurity concentration within the IT major. 

Ivan Rudolph-Shabinsky, Director of the Division of Business, Innovation, and Leadership, said that the revamped IT major is a stand-alone program, “We previously offered an IT major as part of our business program, which required a 9-course business core.   Students in the new program will still be able to take business courses, but their requirements will be focused on courses in information technology, allowing students to delve much deeper into the field and into the four concentrations we offer:  infrastructure, application development, cybersecurity, and public health informatics & technology “

The cybersecurity concentration will be offered through the Lower Cost Model Consortium (LCMC), which is a coalition of small and mid-sized colleges and universities that have committed to making college more accessible.  Under the program, students take almost all classes on campus and then take three to five classes online through the LCMC for a concentration in specialized, high demand fields.  Dominican University also offers concentrations in digital marketing, public health, and neuroscience through the LCMC.  

Professor Mike Kelly Receives Prestigious Golden Apple Award for 50+ Years of Outstanding Service to Education

The Mid-Hudson School Study Council has bestowed upon Professor Mike Kelly the esteemed Golden Apple Award, recognizing his remarkable dedication and unparalleled contributions to the field of education.

With over five decades of unwavering commitment, Dr. Kelly has consistently demonstrated exemplary leadership and expertise in shaping the landscape of education. As the Director of Graduate Programs in Education at Dominican University, Dr. Kelly has played a pivotal role in elevating the institution’s education program to new heights. His knowledge, innovative methodologies, and passion have inspired countless educators and transformed the lives of students across the region.

Dr. Kelly’s contributions to the field have had a profound impact on the educational landscape, ensuring the provision of top-notch education for countless students. His guidance has shaped the minds and hearts of educators, empowering them to make a lasting difference in the lives of their students.

About the M.S. in Education Programs:

Dominican University’s M.S. in Education programs have been designed in consultation with educators and they are delivered by expert faculty who actively practice in the field. The curriculum is crafted to provide comprehensive knowledge and practical skills necessary for success in the education profession.

To accommodate the busy schedules of working adults, classes are scheduled every other week on Saturdays and Sundays, allowing for convenient participation. The program offers flexibility, enabling students to complete their coursework within a minimum of 18 months or extend it up to three years. All programs adhere to the University’s quarter system, culminating in the Master of Science degree (M.S. in Ed.) and eligibility for New York State Certification.

For more information about our M.S. in Education programs and how to apply, please click here