Marist College President David Yellen Announces Departure


June 19, 2019—Today Marist College President David Yellen announced his resignation. The College’s Board of Trustees named President Emeritus and Professor of Public Policy Dennis J. Murray as interim president.

Yellen commented, “I am very proud of the many things that were accomplished during my time at Marist. I am sorry that I will not be here to see these things come to fruition, as I am sure they will, but I am extremely grateful for this experience and for the wonderful support I received from many at Marist.” Ross Mauri, Chair of the Board of Trustees stated that “we wish David and Leslie the best as they embark on this new chapter in their lives.” After a sabbatical, Yellen will pursue other leadership positions in higher education.

Yellen became the fourth President of Marist College on July 1, 2016, and was pivotal in guiding the College in bold new directions. Under Yellen’s leadership, the College made great strides, including the development of a five-year strategic plan; announcing plans to start a new medical school; opening a location in midtown Manhattan; and launching its first-ever doctoral degree, the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Numerous building projects came to fruition as well, including the opening of the North Campus Housing Complex, featuring the first buildings at Marist to be named for alumni through philanthropy, and the opening of the Steel Plant, a state-of-the-art facility for Marist’s fashion and art and digital media programs.

Before coming to Marist, Yellen served as Dean and Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law for 11 years. Under his leadership, Loyola Law School was recognized as one of the most innovative law schools in the country, pioneering new degree programs and blended approaches to learning.

Murray was one of the longest-serving college or university presidents in the United States when he retired from the position in 2016 after a 37-year tenure. He has remained involved with the College since, notably overseeing the work of the Raymond A. Rich Institute for Leadership Development.

Mauri also indicated that in the coming months, the Board will begin consulting with faculty, students, alumni and other constituencies regarding the process and timetable for the selection of a new president. “Dr. Murray will provide important continuity of leadership for the College in this interim position as we embark on the search for a new president,” said Mauri. “This will ensure that Marist continues to serve its students thoughtfully, diligently, and with unwavering dedication.”

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