Cheryl Harrison Appointed Dean of School of Continuing and Professional Studies

During Harrison’s time at Manhattan, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies has developed into a vital pillar of the College.

Cheryl Harrison, Ed.D., who since 2011 has served as executive director of Manhattan College’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS), is now dean of that school, effective immediately.

“This change brings the leadership title in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies into alignment with that of our other schools,” says William Clyde, Ph.D., executive vice president and provost. “Cheryl and the SCPS faculty and staff have worked hard in the past four and a half years to bring the curriculum, faculty hiring, assessment, and other processes in line with that of our other schools, having received approval of the College Curriculum Committee and State of New York for changes made.”

Since her arrival at Manhattan College, Harrison has brought a vast range of experience in adult education, as faculty and administrator in both academic and corporate environments, including Tufts University, Quinnipiac University, Cigna, Aetna and NYNEX. Her work has centered on the design of leadership and management competency models specifically focused on the development of executive and high-potential employees for succession planning and organizational building.

Harrison completed her doctoral work at Harvard University, where she spent several years conducting management research on issues such as reengineering, leadership, succession planning, diversity, and middle- and senior-level management development training. She also holds a master’s degree from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California.

Manhattan College’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies is focused on adult learners, offering a blended learning approach that combines traditional classroom work with online classes. The school’s mission is to prepare students for success in emerging global, corporate or industrial environments.

SCPS is committed to creating and offering programs designed to serve the adult population with a particular focus on mid-career adults who want to advance their professional careers and fulfill personal achievement goals. SCPS offers a master’s degree in organizational leadership and two undergraduate degree programs in organizational leadership and allied health/healthcare leadership.

MC Staff