Geoffrey L. Brackett
Executive Vice President
Dr. Brackett has served as Executive Vice President since August of 2010. In that capacity he functions as second officer to President David Yellen, and directly oversees many of the key operating areas of the College, including Information Technology, Human Resources, Student Affairs, Institutional Research and Planning, Buildings and Grounds, and Safety and Security. He also chairs many of the key operational committees of the College, including the Budget Priorities Committee, Program Development Committee, Housing and Enrollment Committee, and serves as co-chair of the Marketing and Communication Group (with the VP for Enrollment and VP for Advancement). He also oversees the strategic planning and annual operations for the College, and serves as a key point of contact for local government officials.
During his tenure, Marist has completed several major capital projects, including the renovation of the Student Center and addition of the Academic Music Building, the renovation of the Lowell Thomas Center for Communications, the McCann Arena renovations, as well as the construction of the Pedestrian Walkway under Route 9, linking East and West Campus. He has also overseen annual operational planning and institutional reporting related to Marist’s 2011-2016 Strategic Plan, Leadership and Innovation for a Changing World, as well as the College’s decennial Middle States reaccreditation, which occurred in June, 2013. Among other initiatives, the Program Development Committee has launched new graduate programs such as the Integrated Marketing and Communications Master’s, planning for programs and facilities in Allied Health programs, including a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, and several initiatives for Marist programs in New York City and international sites. He has also overseen the College’s negotiation of major contracts with vendors and labor unions, as well as its planning for technology business incubation, including administration of the College’s $3Million New York State Grant for its Cloud Computing and Analytics Center.
Dr. Brackett came to Marist after having served 20 years at Pace University in many capacities, most recently as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. He served as Chairman of the Department of English from 2005 to 2006 and Associate Provost for Academic Affairs from 2006 to 2007. He designed and directed the New York City Internship Program from 1999 to 2003, initially housed in the World Trade Center, which brought students from more than 50 universities around the world to study in New York City and to work at internships with major corporations. He also created the Summer Scholars Program, which he led from 1998 to 2004. While at Pace University, Dr. Brackett initiated academic partnerships with Amazon to launch the Kindle DX, The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, Shakespeare’s Globe, and others. He also co-chaired the Middle States Steering Committee from 2006-2007, served as the University Academic representative for collective bargaining, and as a member on the Fulbright Committee (2003-2005). He oversaw the launch of the Actors Studio Drama School MFA, the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, which integrates academic approaches to environmental policy education among the Law School and other academic units, and also directly supervised the Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship. In addition, he was one of the principal authors of the $3Million Verizon Foundation Thinkfinity grant. He was twice recognized for his outstanding teaching by Dyson College.
A member of the Association of Governing Boards, the American Council on Education, and Council of Independent Colleges, Dr. Brackett is also a member of the Modern Language Association. He serves on the boards of St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Orange County, New York (January 2011) and Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress (2013). He has presented papers at numerous conferences covering both academic and administrative issues. In 2013, he presented a webinar with Dr. Mark Schwenn, Provost of Valparaiso University, on “Market Sensitive Programming During a Time of Austerity.” His recent academic scholarship includes “Thy fate and mine are not repose: The Hudson and its influence,” in Environmental History of the Hudson River: Human Uses that Changed the Ecology, Ecology that Changed Human Uses (SUNY Press, 2011), and “The Ends of the Earth: How Polar Ice and Imagination Shaped the World.” Terrae Incognitae (Vol 42: 2010), which was recently picked up in summary by the Boston Globe. In April 2010, he moderated a panel at Barnard College on “Navigating Sustainability: the Hudson and Beyond” for the Environmental Consortium of Hudson River Colleges and Universities River Summer Program, on whose Advisory Council he sits. In February 2008, he lectured at the American Museum of Natural History during the New York City International Polar Weekend on the literary understanding of the Polar Regions in the context of environmental awareness.
Dr. Brackett graduated with honors with a BA from DePauw University, and then took a DPhil in English Literature at the University of Oxford. He lives with his wife, Danyelle Means, and their three sons Marley, Dylan, and Boone in the Town of Newburgh.