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College Of New Rochelle Official Selected For National Leadership Program

Kathryn LaFontana
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NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- The College of New Rochelle announced that . Kathryn LaFontana, assistant vice president of academic affairs, is one of 30 administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in the 2016–17 Senior Leadership Academy.

The Academy is designed to prepare prospective leaders to assume positions as the chief officers in any division — including academic affairs, student affairs, finance, enrollment management, and advancement — in independent higher education.

Individuals chosen for the year-long program are administrators or faculty leaders in higher education who have been identified by their institutions as having the potential for senior leadership positions in independent colleges or universities.

“Dr. LaFontana is an accomplished communicator who maintains collaborative and effective working relationships with administrators, faculty, and staff. With her considerable skill in coordinating multiple constituencies across College departments, she has successfully undertaken many cross-divisional projects,” said Dorothy Escribano, the college's provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, who nomimated LaFontana.

Over the course of the coming academic year, LaFontana will participate in an opening seminar in New Orleans in November, and a closing seminar in Washington, DC, in June 2017. She will also undertake a mentoring program, work with experts in various aspects of higher education administration, participate in webinars and engage in a series of readings and case studies during the academic year.

“Competition for the available places in the program was intense, and the review committee found the nomination materials to be most impressive,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “The need to prepare future leaders of colleges and universities has never been greater because the generation of people now in senior leadership positions on campus is rapidly approaching retirement.”

Hired as associate dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at the College of New Rochelle in 2011, LaFontana was promoted to assistant vice president of Academic Affairs in 2013, currently focusing on new academic programs and academic assessment.

“I feel honored to be given this opportunity to develop my leadership skills, and I am very grateful to Dr. Escribano for agreeing to mentor me,” said LaFontana.

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