Marist College School of Professional Programs Advisory Board and staff

The School of Professional Programs Advisory Board, shown with GPP staff, has established Marist’s first scholarships for online degree programs. Left to right, back row: Dr. John Peters, dean of international programs; Dr. Lauren Mounty, dean of the School of Professional Programs; James Hochstatter, senior VP/technology officer, Ulster Savings Bank; scholarship recipient Gregg Jocelyn ’16, Ulster Savings Bank; Howard Goldstein, partner and co-founder, Vedanta Capital; Bill Chess, former COO, Ogilvy PR Worldwide; and Liz van Caloen, former managing director, Sugimoto Capital and Glenrock Funds. Front row, left to right: Lisa Cathie ’03, president and CEO, Ulster Savings Bank; Emily Smith, former managing director Scudder, Stevens, Clark/Scudder Investments; Toni Constantino ’00/’11MPA, coordinator of online programs; and Jeanne Eschbach, assistant dean of the School of Professional Programs.


Several Hudson Valley corporations are taking advantage of Marist’s online BA/BS in Professional Studies by offering the degree program at a reduced rate to their employees.

Lisa Cathie, president and CEO of Ulster Savings Bank and a 2003 Marist graduate, wanted to give her employees the opportunity to earn Marist degrees. Cathie, who chairs the Advisory Board of the School of Professional Programs, initiated a partnership between Ulster Savings and Marist that facilitates degree completion, including tuition remission from the bank and academic advising and orientation at a bank site. This past spring, Ulster Savings employees began the online program. Rondout Savings Bank also has employees enrolled.

“The Marist bachelor’s degree is offered fully online in an accelerated format that allows someone to complete the degree in a way that is more flexible and convenient,” says Dr. Lauren Mounty, dean of the School of Professional Programs. “Students can join us without having to leave work early and commute to campus. Adult students may then continue their education in one of our many online graduate degree programs.”

Master’s programs available fully online are the MPA, the MBA, the MA in communication, and the MA in integrated marketing communication as well as the MS in information systems and technology management. On-ground programs leading to the MEd are also available.

First Scholarship for Online Study Awarded

This year Cathie and the School of Professional Programs Advisory Board established Marist’s first scholarships for online degree programs. The scholarships were funded by members of the Advisory Board.

The scholarships cover tuition for one online course. For academic year 2012-13, scholarships were awarded to Gregg Jocelyn ’16 and Tonya Gardiner ’16. The scholarships will be awarded annually.

“The Advisory Board saw the efforts that were being made in distance education here at the College and our various degree program options,” says Mounty. “They wanted to provide funds to assist adult students in their quests to receive degrees.”

 For further information, visit Dean Lauren Mounty is available to speak with any organization interested in establishing a connection with Marist for its employees.