Brennan O’Donnell Appointed President of MAAC Council of Presidents

The Manhattan College president will lead the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference’s presidential committee for a two-year term.

Brennan O'DonnellThe Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Council of Presidents has announced that Manhattan College President Brennan O’Donnell will serve as president of the league for a two-year term beginning July 1, 2016.            

As MAAC President, O’Donnell will work with MAAC Commissioner Richard J. Ensor on the oversight of the league, develop governance agendas for various governing bodies, serve as the chair of the executive committee, which handles major business decisions between the Council of Presidents meetings, and oversee and sign all the major league contracts. 

“I look forward to working with Brennan O’Donnell during the next two years as he assumes the role of Chair of the MAAC Council of Presidents and becomes president of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference,” notes Ensor. “President O’Donnell will provide guidance to the conference as its initiates a basketball strategic planning process that will provide renewed focus on how to grow the sport within the league in a manner consistent with its mission to provide for excellence in sports and academics.”

The MAAC Council of Presidents serves as the Board for Trustees for the conference. The Council of Presidents manages the affairs of the conference and may exercise all powers of the conference that are not, by the conference bylaws, directed or required to be exercised by the Commissioner or other designated Committee. 

O’Donnell has served the past two years as MAAC Vice President and succeeds Canisius College President John J. Hurley in his new role as president. Rider University President Greg Dell’Omo will serve as the MAAC Vice President.

Manhattan College’s president since 2009, O’Donnell has led the College in developing and implementing “Renewing the Promise,” a strategic plan through which the College has strengthened and expanded academic programs and student support, increased enrollment, strengthened the College’s visibility and reputation for academic quality and return on investment, and enhanced facilities—most notably through the construction of the Raymond W. Kelly ’63 Student Commons. 

O’Donnell came to Manhattan College after serving as the dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill, Fordham University for five years. Before coming to New York, O’Donnell spent 17 years at Loyola College in Maryland (now Loyola University Maryland), where he served as a professor of English and, from 1999-2004, as director of the university-wide honors program. O’Donnell is also currently on the board of trustees at Lewis University and serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.   

O’Donnell has served as a board member for the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, the Lilly Fellows Program and for Collegium, a consortium of Catholic universities that strives to strengthen faculty understanding of and participation in the mission of Catholic higher education.

By MC Staff