Letter from Edward Travaglianti (Chairman, Board of Trustees)
TO: Members of the LIU Community
FROM: Edward Travaglianti (Chairman, Board of Trustees)
RE: Presidential Search Update
DATE: March 7, 2013
For the past 27 years, Long Island University has been fortunate to have an academic visionary at the helm. Dr. David J. Steinberg's passionate commitment to empowering our students has been the driving force behind LIU’s growth into one of the largest and most comprehensive private universities in the nation. I am proud to report that we have identified a transformational leader to assume the presidency when Dr. Steinberg retires this summer.
After a nationwide search, the board of trustees unanimously selected Dr. Kimberly R. Cline to be LIU's 10th president. Dr. Cline, who currently serves as president of Mercy College, is uniquely qualified to advance our mission of access and excellence. She is a change agent with a proven record of success in complex, multicampus institutions. I have no doubt that she will build on Dr. Steinberg’s legacy to bring the University to new heights and make a real difference in the lives of our students.
Dr. Cline, who will take office in July, has earned a reputation as a collaborative leader who partners effectively with faculty and other stakeholders to strengthen institutions and build thriving student-centered programs. She was the architect of a renaissance at Mercy College's four campuses, reversing a downward enrollment trend by instituting initiatives that increased both the size and academic quality of the student body. During her five-year tenure as president, Dr. Cline has more than tripled the College’s endowment and made the most significant investments in academics in its history. She worked closely with faculty to achieve consensus and spur innovation. Under her leadership, the College launched a nationally recognized student retention program; developed new academic programs and centers in growing fields like entrepreneurship, strategic consulting, social justice and global engagement; enhanced technology training for faculty; and increased responsiveness to outcomes data. All these improvements contributed to the College receiving its first-ever A credit rating from Standard and Poor’s—an achievement that enhances an institution’s reputation and bolsters its stature in the community.
Prior to assuming the presidency at Mercy, Dr. Cline held a variety of senior-level positions in higher education. From serving as vice chancellor and chief financial officer of the State University of New York, where she was responsible for managing all of the 64-campus system’s financial and administrative functions and overseeing its $10 billion budget, to serving as university attorney at Hofstra, she has played strategic roles in critical areas of higher education administration.
With her expansive academic vision, deep understanding of the higher education landscape, collaborative style and singular blend of managerial, financial and legal expertise, she will strategically leverage the strengths of our distinctive urban and suburban centers of excellence to further raise LIU’s standing nationally.
By following best practices for engaging the entire University community and working with a renowned academic search firm, Witt/Kieffer, we were able to achieve an optimal result. Faculty leaders deserve special recognition for their essential role in the search. As guardians of the University's educational mission, they provided crucial feedback in the assessment of candidates leading to Dr. Cline's selection. I am grateful for their guidance, and I am delighted to append their testimonials to this memorandum.
As noted, this was an inclusive process. It only worked because we engaged the entire LIU community. I'd like to thank everyone who played a role in the six-month search: the faculty, staff, students and alumni who participated in the open forums; the Search Committee comprised of trustees, faculty, staff and student leaders from across the University who helped develop the ideal candidate profile; the trustees, faculty leaders, deans and administrators who interviewed the finalists; and, of course, trustee Eric Krasnoff, whose leadership as chair of the Search Committee was instrumental in making a successful search possible.
Dr. Cline is the right leader for this moment in LIU’s history. I encourage you to visit www.liu.edu/presidentpr to learn more about her. In the coming months, you will have the opportunity to meet her and talk to her about the opportunities and challenges in your corner of the University. Please give her a warm welcome as we embark on an exciting new era at LIU.
From Dr. Ed Donahue, president of the Long Island University Faculty Federation and associate professor of chemistry at LIU Brooklyn, and Dr. Rebecca States, president of the Faculty Senate and professor of physical therapy at LIU Brooklyn:
“On behalf of the LIU Brooklyn Faculty, we would like to extend our congratulations to Dr. Kimberly Cline on her appointment as the 10th President of Long Island University. We would also like to offer our appreciation to the Board of Trustees for their efforts in the search and for working with the faculty leadership in developing a process that was inclusive of many stakeholders and provided a means for the faculty to contribute its unique perspective. The process yielded several outstanding candidates, each with impressive strengths and insights.
Of all the candidates, Dr. Cline presented a remarkable combination of academic creativity, managerial skill, and fundraising prowess with which to build on the legacy of President David Steinberg. We, the faculty, look forward to working with President Cline to help LIU grow and thrive; providing our students with ever greater access to opportunity while continually striving for an ever-increasing degree of excellence in all that we do.”
From Dr. Stanley Klein, president of the Faculty Council and professor of political science and international studies at LIU Post:
“It is my pleasure on behalf of the academic community at LIU Post to welcome Dr. Cline as the 10th president of LIU. We look forward with great enthusiasm to working with her to achieve our mutual goals.”
From Dr. Henry Cohen, president of the Faculty Senate and professor of pharmacy practice at LIU Pharmacy, and Dr. Robert DiGregorio, president of the LIU Pharmacy chapter of the American Association of University Professors and professor of pharmacy practice at LIU Pharmacy:
“The Faculty of LIU Pharmacy (the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences) would like to congratulate Dr. Kimberly Cline on her appointment as the 10th President of Long Island University. Dr. Cline will bring to LIU presidential experience, a strong record of fundraising, and a warm and engaging personality that will build on our mission of access and excellence.
We would like to thank the Board of Trustees for collaborating with faculty leadership at the school of pharmacy on the search process. We want to genuinely thank Dr. David Steinberg for his many years of service and dedication to LIU and the College of Pharmacy, and wish him well in the years to come.
With a very proud and long history extending over 125 years, LIU Pharmacy is excited to have Dr. Cline’s leadership and expertise strengthen our college through academic excellence, financial growth, and a strong national pharmacy school ranking.
As Dr. Cline will have a strong presence on the Brooklyn campus – we look forward to engaging her in our college’s endeavors as we strive to be one of the best colleges of pharmacy in the nation.“