Iona College President Named to City & State’s 2021 Higher Education Power 100
President Seamus Carey, Ph.D., selected for his innovative leadership and swift decision making amid the COVID-19 pandemic
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Iona College President Seamus Carey, Ph.D., has been named to City & State’s 2021 Higher Education Power 100, a list of New York’s most influential chancellors, presidents and deans of colleges and universities, as well as public officials and philanthropists. Those highlighted in the annual Power 100 are noted not only for their leadership and service within their own institutions, but also for their exceptional efforts shown beyond the classroom as they seek to make the state a better place.
“Thank you to City & State for this recognition,” Carey said. “The past year was unlike any other, and I know my colleagues can attest to the challenges. But as we persevered at Iona, we also innovated. I look forward to continuing to create new solutions for our students and communities. It is through education that New York will continue to lead.”
City & State noted Carey’s innovative first two years serving as president at Iona, listing him at No. 60. Among other achievements, he was recognized for overseeing the launch of Iona’s new Bachelor of Science degree program in nursing, as well as two new undergraduate degrees in entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial leadership.
Under Carey’s leadership, Iona was also credited for the swift decision to close campus in March 2020 due to its proximity to the COVID-19 outbreak in New Rochelle, quickly shifting all instruction online. In August 2020, Iona also became one of the first colleges to reopen. By implementing rigorous public health protocols and regular surveillance testing, Iona was able to conduct a successful in-person, on-campus living and learning experience for both the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters.
Founded in 1940, Iona College is a master's-granting private, Catholic, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers. Iona's 45-acre campus is just 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. With a total enrollment of nearly 4,000 students and an alumni base of over 50,000 around the world, Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona’s LaPenta School of Business is accredited by AACSB International, a prestigious recognition awarded to just five percent of business schools worldwide. The Princeton Review recognized Iona’s on-campus MBA program as a “Best Business School for 2020.” Iona College also recently launched a new, fully online MBA program for even greater flexibility.