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During mid-afternoon Saturday, the Presidential Search for the College’s new president came to a close. This is almost a year to the day after current President Dennis J. Murray announced that he would be stepping down from the position.

The Presidential Search committee announced to the college community that David Yellen will succeed Murray, and become the fourth president of the College, after unanimous vote. Yellen previously held the position of Dean and Professor of Law at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He will begin his presidency at Marist this July. The Marist Media Center released this video to introduce Yellen to the community.

In a statement released by the college Saturday, Ross Mauri ‘80, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee said, “David’s skills, interests, and leadership style are ideally aligned with Marist’s mission and heritage.”

The committee, which consisted of a diverse group of fifteen faculty and staff members, trustees, and student and alumni representatives, was said to have seen Yellen’s ability to be both educator and lawyer with a mutually beneficial commitment to both student success and public service.

President Murray, who has been the president of the College for 37 years, will now take on the role of President Emeritus and Professor of Public Policy at the College. In a quote from Murray about the appointment, ““In David Yellen, the Board of Trustees has chosen as the next president of this College someone who has thought broadly and deeply about the future of higher education.[…] I am confident that his leadership and his impressive record of developing innovative ways to equip students for personal and professional success will serve Marist well in the years ahead.”

Positive and hopeful words of the new President-Elect came from different representatives of the community’s populations. They were shared with those who have been awaiting the announcement in recent months.

“David Yellen understands and appreciates Marist’s unique heritage, culture, and traditions,” said Paul X. Rinn ’68, President of the Marist Alumni Association. “On behalf of our more than 39,000 alumni around the world, I look forward to working with him to move the College forward.”

Representing the current students of Marist College, Timos Pietris, Student Body President and Presidential Search Committee said, “I was very impressed with David’s record of commitment to the student experience. He has personally mentored many students, providing valuable academic and professional guidance. I know Marist will benefit greatly from his leadership.”

As of July 1, Yellen will assume office and will be joined by his wife, Leslie Richards-Yellen, who is Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Partner at the law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP. The two will relocate from Chicago to Poughkeepsie sometime in the spring. The couple, who met as law students at Cornell, have three adult daughters, Jordan, Meredith, and Bailey.

Part of the announcement by the College on Saturday was statement from Yellen, himself, who said, “I am honored by this opportunity to lead an incredibly dynamic institution with a growing national and international reputation for educational excellence,” said Yellen. “Under President Murray’s leadership, Marist has achieved many great things. I look forward to working with the College’s talented students, faculty, and staff, as well as its dedicated alumni, parents, and friends to build upon those accomplishments. It was clear to me from the outset of this process that Marist is a special place, where the traditions of its founders find continued expression through the great work of everyone associated with the College, both in and out of the classroom. Leslie and I are excited to join this wonderful community.”     

President-Elect Yellen, will be formally introduced to the college community at a series of meetings on Monday, February 8. The Circle will be bringing you updates throughout the week regarding the meetings as well as developing the story further of the new President-Elect.

For more information read the full statement from the College http://www.marist.edu/publicaffairs/fourthpresident/

Featured image courtesy of Marist Public Affairs

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