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Dr. Kimberly R. Cline

Kimberly R. Cline Dr. Kimberly R. Cline became the 10th president of Long Island University (LIU) in July 2013.  Regarded in higher education realms as a transformational leader, and named Distinguished Leader in Education in 2014 by Education Update, Dr. Cline has set focus on leveraging the intrinsic strengths of the University as value propositions for prospective and current students, faculty and the communities it serves.

Dr. Cline’s priorities for LIU include introducing strategic enrollment and retention models; building financial resources; raising LIU’s national profile; and promoting the University’s prime location to establish beneficial partnerships with businesses, industries, and research institutions in the New York area and beyond.

Under her leadership LIU has adopted life-changing programs for students, including the LIU Promise Initiative providing incoming freshmen with personal Success Coaches to counsel their academic choices as they navigate through undergraduate courses toward higher degrees or careers.

Dr. Cline initiated career-ready minors fostering entrepreneurship based on student-run businesses. LIU is a leader in practical, experiential education providing real-life opportunities in fashion merchandising, technology, public relations and financial investments, among others. Student-run businesses allow LIU students to forge classroom-acquired knowledge and emerging capabilities to execute actual business decisions, testing their potential to succeed in a career prior to entering the workplace.

Dr. Cline joined LIU having achieved distinction as an academic administrator, including most recently her five-year presidency of Mercy College where she significantly increased the size and academic quality of the institution and tripled its endowment.

Laura L. Anglin, president of the Commission of Independent Colleges and Universities (clcu), a statewide association for more than 100 private, not-for-profit New York State colleges and universities, where Dr. Cline serves on the executive board and as chair of the Finance and Administration Committee, cites her “passionate vision for higher education as an agent of economic mobility.”

“She is a myth-buster, eloquently articulating how private colleges and universities serve a diverse population,” said Anglin. “Further, she is a leader in creatively working with faculty to develop new teaching and learning models that serve both traditional age and adult learners so individuals can earn their college degree.”

Dr. Cline is a member of the New York State Department of Education’s Advisory Committee on the Statewide Plan for Higher Education, the Center for Creative Leadership, the Long Island Association, and the East Coast Conference Presidents’ Council. In addition Dr. Cline chairs New York Campus Compact’s executive board, serves as vice chair for the Commission of Independent Colleges and Universities and as College Chair, Long Island for the New York Blood Center.

Dr. Cline has participated in and presented at numerous national and regional conferences including those of the National Science Foundation ADVANCE program, American Association of Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, American Council on Education, and the National Center for Study of Collective Bargaining for Higher Education Professions.

Dr. Cline earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Relations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and went on to complete a Master of Business Administration, a Juris Doctor, and a Doctor of Educational Administration at Hofstra University.