Molloy President Named to List of Education Leaders

As published in Long Island Business News
By Joe Dowd & Adina Genn


Power 25 in Education

Honoring top educators on Long Island was an education-in-itself.

In early fall, LIBN decided to learn more about and honor some of the most influential leaders in education on Long Island. By examining their careers, we thought, we could learn more about our future.

We learned much more in producing ou r " Power 25 Education" special section. We were impressed by the amazing accomplishments achieved by these educators but also by their incredible ability to pivot in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many of our "Power 25" educators are the very top of their institutions who, in mid-semester, were suddenly charged with keeping thousands of students and faculty members safe. In just a matter of days, these Long Island leaders found themselves responding to a global event unheard of in modern times. They responded quickly, expertly and with grace under fire.

The range of diverse academic backgrounds here make for interesting reading, as well. We think the special section, coordinated by LIBN Reporter Adina Genn, will offer you new insights on some of the people who are making such a difference in our community. We're also grateful to Long Island's public relations community who provided us with a wide range of nominations. We appreciate their time and assistance in providing these profiles and photos.

We're look forward to producing regular "Power" lists in 2021, profiling Long Island leaders in a range of businesses and industries.

Lentini's First Task Was to Lead Amidst COVID Crisis

James Lentini , DMA, began his tenure as Molloy College's seventh president in June 2020, in the midst of COVID-19, and was immediately confronted with making the challenging decisions that would de­fine how Molloy has reopened its campus for the fall semester.

He and the Molloy leadership team implemented a combination of social distancing protocols, changes to academic delivery of courses in both in-person and online methods, and invested more than $1 million in technology installations, including temperature kiosks at entrances to buildings and a stateof-the-art air puri­fication system from Siemens that combats and kills coronavirus at a molecular level.

Before his appointment at Molloy College, Lentini served as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at Oakland University from 2013-2020. Prior to that, he served as dean of the College of Creative Arts at Miami University (OH). Lentini was the founding dean of the School of Art, Media, and Music at The College of New Jersey from 2003-2007 and served on the faculty and administration in the Department of Music at Wayne State University from 1988-2003.

In tandem with his accomplishments as a university leader, Lentini is an internationally recognized composer and classical guitarist. He is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Grammy awards and received the Andrés Segovia International Composition Prize, the AtwaterKent Composition Award (­ rst Prize), the McHugh Composition Prize, a grant from "Meet the Composer." The Hanson Institute of American Music awarded him with a composer/performer grant, and he has received multiple awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).