Manhattan College’s President O’Donnell Elected to the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities’ Board

The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) officially announced the election of Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., president of Manhattan College, to CICU’s 2011-2012 Board of Trustees today.

The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) officially announced the election of Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., president of Manhattan College, to CICU’s 2011-2012 Board of Trustees today. O’Donnell was also appointed to serve on the finance and administrative committee of CICU’s board. CICU’s Board of Trustees represents executive-level participation from colleges and universities in every region of New York State and highlights the diversity of institution type and size within New York State’s Independent Sector of higher education.

“We are pleased that Dr. Brennan O’Donnell, president of Manhattan College, was elected to serve on the CICU Board of Trustees,” said Laura L. Anglin, president of CICU. “Our Board of Trustees is a committed and esteemed group of New York State independent college and university presidents, and we look forward to Dr. O’Donnell’s participation and insight.”

CICU is dedicated to representing New York’s 100 plus independent (private, not-for-profit) colleges and universities, and advancing higher education public policy at the state and federal level. Board members play a crucial role in advocating for colleges and universities throughout New York State with member campuses enrolling more than 477,000 students (nearly 300,000 New York state residents).

“CICU plays a vital role in assuring that New York’s independent colleges and universities continue to prosper in service to their students and their communities; it is an honor to be elected to the Board,” said O’Donnell.

O’Donnell is the 19th president of Manhattan College and assumed the role on July 1, 2009. Prior to working at Manhattan College, he served as dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill, Fordham University’s oldest and largest school. O’Donnell also spent 17 years at Loyola University Maryland, where he was a professor of English and, from 1999-2004, director of the university-wide honors program.

About CICU:

The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) represents the chief executives of New York's 100+ independent (private, not-for-profit) colleges and universities on issues of public policy. CICU member campuses enroll more than 477,000 students, including nearly 300,000 New York State residents. Member colleges compose the largest private sector of higher education in the world and confer most of the bachelor's degrees (54%), master's degrees (73%), and doctoral and first-professional degrees (80%) earned in New York State. For more information, visit www.cicu.org