NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Founded in 1904 as the first Catholic college for women in the state of New York, The College of New Rochelle has long been recognized for its progressive and innovative approach to education. For current President Judith Huntington, it's her job to continue this tradition and usher in a new era of education for CNR’s students.
With seven locations, in New Rochelle, Yonkers, and throughout New York City, and approximately 4,000 students enrolled, The College of New Rochelle has traditionally drawn academically serious, socially conscious and community involved young women to its classrooms. However, starting in the next academic year, the School of Arts and Science will open its doors to men for the first time in the school's history.
A CPA by profession, Huntington first came to know The College of New Rochelle through her role as a client senior manager for KPMG. After working with the college from the other side of the table for nearly ten years, she was approached by New Rochelle's retiring CFO to see if she would be interested in coming on as his replacement. After months of deliberation, Huntington decided to make the move.
"It took me six months to decide, but experiencing the transformative impact of education has been very fulfilling," she said. After heading the school's finances for nine years, she was approached by the board to be president, and in 2011 was inaugurated as the 13th President of The College of New Rochelle.
Under Huntington's leadership, the college has undergone a strategic planning process led largely by the faculty. This transparency is something Huntington is particularly thrilled with. "If there is one thing I'm proud of, its opening up the doors and the minds of innovation at The College of New Rochelle, and giving the faculty the ability to express themselves."
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