William Dooley ’75 Appointed Chair of Manhattan College’s Board of Trustees

William N. Dooley, former executive vice president of investments at AIG, is a former Manhattan College trustee.

Photo of Bill Dooley at College eventWilliam N. Dooley ’75, the former executive vice president of investments and financial services at AIG (American International Group), has been appointed as the next chair of the Manhattan College Board of Trustees. 

Brother Frank G. Byrne, FSC, the former president of Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, New Jersey, and a current member of the board of trustees, has also been appointed as vice chair of the board.

Dooley succeeds Kenneth A. Rathgeber ’70, who served as chair since 2012. A member of Manhattan College’s board of trustees from 2007-2020, Dooley served AIG for 37 years before his retirement in 2015.

“Bill Dooley is a terrific person to lead the Manhattan College Board of Trustees, especially in these evolving and demanding times,” Rathgeber said. “Bill is a dynamic leader and highly respected among his peers. I’m looking forward to seeing great things under his leadership and doing what I can to help Bill and the rest of the board in the years to come.”

Dooley served in various senior roles in AIG’s domestic and international areas. As executive vice president of investments and financial services, Dooley had overall responsibility for AIG asset management. Dooley joined AIG in 1978 and was elected AIG vice president in 1996, senior vice president in 1998, and executive vice president of investments and financial services in 2010. 

“The College has been fortunate to have Ken Rathgeber as chair these past nine years, and we are excited to be working with Bill as we continue to strengthen the College and build for the future,” said Brennan O’Donnell, president of Manhattan College. “Bill Dooley’s commitment to his alma mater makes him an ideal successor to Ken.” 

Prior to joining AIG, Dooley was employed by European American Bank in New York. He received a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Manhattan College and a Master of Business Administration in finance from Pace University. Dooley is also a graduate of Paramus Catholic (N.J.) High School.

“My family has a long history with the College, dating back to my grandfather’s graduation in 1894,” Dooley said. “Having such an extensive relationship with Manhattan College, I’m incredibly honored to be selected as the next chair of the board of trustees. It’s wonderful to be able to contribute to the College in this way.”

Dooley’s charitable interests include the Archdiocese of New York with particular interest in the Inner City Scholarship Fund. In the course of many years of service to his community, he has served as a member of the Diocesan Finance Council, Diocese of Trenton, as well as of the Christian Brothers International Board of Counselors. He is also involved with various clubs and organizations, including his local parishes, and the Christian Brothers Academy.

He and his wife, Maureen, have four children: Margaret, William, Mary Kate, and Patrick.

By Pete McHugh