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Iona College Names 'Leading Academic' As Its Ninth President

Seamus Carey
Seamus Carey Photo Credit: Iona College

A “national leader in higher education” is taking his talents from Kentucky to New Rochelle and will become Iona College’s ninth president.

Seamus Carey, the president of Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, has been chosen following an extensive, nationwide search to take over at Iona, effective as of July 1. Carey replaces Joseph Nyre, who has led to college since 2011, during what the college called “a time of unprecedented growth.”

According to the school, since 2014, Carey has “transformed (Transylvania University’s) campus, successfully led the school’s commitment to diversity and inclusion efforts, and forged strong ties to the city’s civic and business communities.” Carey also served as the dean of Arts and Sciences at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield for four years.

“Dr. Carey is the right person for the right time at Iona College,” James Hynes, the chairman of the Board of Trustees at Iona said. “A highly regarded leader, philosopher, and academic, he has all the necessary skills and vision to build on Iona’s successes, and ensure its legacy among Catholic colleges.”

Carey is no stranger to the area. As a Bronx native, Carey earned his Ph.D. from Fordham University and a bachelor degree from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie. He’s published three books that “have focused on the intersection of philosophy, parenting, and family life.”

Thomas Moretti, chair of the College’s Faculty Senate, said he was “tremendously impressed by Carey’s background and philosophy.”

"Dr. Carey deeply values the liberal arts tradition," he said. "And he knows its goal for Iona faculty and students alike: to forge ahead together on the path of goodness, success, and civic purpose. We welcome his leadership, his acumen, and his vision, and we look forward to working with him."

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