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Message from the President

Welcome to Iona College, a community with a mission to “move the world.”

The Christian Brothers founded Iona on the principle that higher education is the portal to a better life and a better world. It still is. This is especially true at Iona, where academic rigor, the spirit of community and respect for all faiths propel us to live lives of meaning and service to others––to help move the world forward.

This is the Iona experience.

We are shaped most powerfully by the people who share our community and our mission:
  • Students, who embrace Iona’s promise to challenge the limits of their minds and nurture their spirits, and whose enthusiasm defines life on campus
  • Alumni, whose character and accomplishments demonstrate the value of an Iona education, and who stand ready to lend a hand to their alma mater
  • Faculty, administrators and staff, who are committed to the personal growth and development of our students through a liberal arts education–one rooted in the reality of the world’s challenges and blessings
  • The Christian Brothers, who demonstrate justice, peace and service to others
Our highly accredited programs, in the acclaimed School of Business and School of Arts & Science, shape academic life at Iona. But the Iona experience is more than the accumulation of credits. Here, students pursue their passions, develop their faith and connect their knowledge to experiences in our shared community of New Rochelle, the great learning lab of New York City and beyond.

On the heels of announcing plans for a new business school facility at the center of our main campus -- made possible by Iona College alumnus and Trustee Robert V. LaPenta ’67, ‘00H -- we recently announced plans to endow a visionary institute for entrepreneurs and innovative thinking. The Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, created with a gift from Trustee Chairman James '69, '01H and Anne Marie Hynes, will establish an interdisciplinary curricular focus for students in any major, create new majors and minors in entrepreneurship, and appoint new endowed faculty fellows. The institute, which also creates a community incubator, will ensure students develop the knowledge, skills and experience required to create, innovate and lead in a global economy empowered by exciting technological advances.

Like the Christian Brothers, Iona students turn their passions into meaningful careers. Our alumni, carrying the mark of the Iona experience–commitment to service, confident leadership, ethical decision-making and skillful problem solving–launch careers at leading companies and build successful, meaningful lives.

To truly know Iona you must experience it. In addition to exploring the website, I personally invite you to visit our beautiful tree-lined campus and impeccable facilities that inspire learning. And when you're here, I hope you find yourself at home.


Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D.