Announcements and Press Releases
Response to Violence at the U.S. Capitol
January 6, 2021
To Every Member of the Molloy Community,
The disunity and turmoil that defined the presidential election has erupted in violence in Washington, D.C. today. I reaffirm Molloy College's commitment to the history of the peaceful transition of power in this country and the Constitution of the United States of America.
It is painful for all of us to witness what is happening in the Capitol. As an institution and as a community, we are committed to a culture of support and respect. Please reach out and use the resources available through our Student Personal Counseling Center and Carebridge/EAP for employees, along with Campus Ministries, Mental Health and Wellness Center (available to the public and alumni for a fee) and dialogue with the Siena Center for Social Justice.
I am confident that these trying times will allow us to find the best in ourselves and ultimately contribute to a better country and a better world. Let us commit ourselves to living out the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
Election 2020, A Message from President James Lentini
October 30, 2020
Election Day is almost here and, as you know, it has been a turbulent campaign season.
Voting is critically important and, in fact, it is the cornerstone of our democracy. No one said it better than the late civil rights activist and member of the House of Representatives John Lewis, “The vote is precious. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democratic society, and we must use it.”
While the presidential election is at the top of most people’s list, there are a number of other races and referendums on the ballot this year. All of these are important to you, your family and your community, and I would encourage you all to exercise this extremely important right.
At Molloy, we hold dear in our mission and values respect for each person and acting justly and with kindness in all our endeavors. During this time where differences of opinion may come to the fore, I urge everyone in our community to hold close to our core values, and to be models for how to navigate a world of varied viewpoints and feelings.
We want to remind the entire Molloy community that we have many support resources available should you need to reach out. These include the Student Personal Counseling Center and Carebridge/EAP for employees, along with Campus Ministries, Mental Health and Wellness Center (available to the public and alumni for a fee) and dialogue with the Siena Center for Social Justice.
Molloy College Supports International Students
July 10, 2020
International students are part of the fabric of higher education in the United States and strengthen our institutions, our economy and our understanding of cultures throughout the world.
Yesterday's decision by U.S. Immigrations & Customs Enforcement (ICE) puts international students in needless jeopardy of continuing their education in our country. The onerous new guidelines run counter to our institutional mission and the values of U.S. higher education as a whole.
These new regulations have the potential to significantly impact Molloy's international students. We are working with our students to ensure that their schedules meet the new regulations, despite the challenges of an international pandemic.
Molloy joins other colleges - including Harvard and MIT - in decrying these regulations and we urge ICE officials to eliminate or modify them immediately.
Day of Reflection: Juneteenth
June 18, 2020
As I begin my presidency at Molloy College, I am happy to embrace our Catholic Dominican tradition and our commitment to transformational education.
I am writing to share with you that we are declaring Juneteenth, tomorrow, June 19, an official college day of reflection, with all College offices closed and classes suspended for the day.
Juneteenth marks the date in 1865, two and one-half years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and two months after the surrender by Confederate forces, that Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, to inform enslaved African-American persons of their freedom and that the Civil War had ended. General Granger's announcement put the Emancipation Proclamation into effect. Juneteenth celebrations have been a long-standing tradition in the Black community, with growing recognition and awareness throughout the United States, particularly in recent years. Today, we take action to join in solidarity with our colleagues and community by recognizing Juneteenth.
Molloy College was founded as a transformational entity. Declaring Juneteenth an official college day of reflection calls on us to rededicate ourselves to supporting the transformation that must continue if we are to be a truly just and equitable society.
I am committed to making meaningful changes on campus and in our curriculum to respect the values to which we are dedicated, and to ensure that a Molloy education puts our beliefs into action. Recognizing and valuing all members of our community is not only the proper moral course of action, it is necessary to provide a complete and effective educational experience for all our students and to honor the strength of our diversity.
Tomorrow, while our offices are closed and classes are suspended, let's spend time reflecting and learning more about the structures that perpetuate racial injustice and what actions we can take to build the just, equitable, and welcoming College community that represents the best of Molloy.
James P. Lentini, D.M.A.
Dr. James Lentini to Become 7th President of Molloy College
January 6, 2020
John P. McEntee, Chair of the Molloy College Board of Trustees, recently announced that Dr. James Lentini, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, will become the seventh president of the College on July 1, 2020. Dr. Lentini was unanimously approved by the Board.
"After a comprehensive national search, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Lentini as Molloy's next president," said McEntee. "Dr. Lentini is a passionate and thoughtful leader with a proven track record of success in academic program development. His experience in inspiring, leading, and sustaining transformational change will allow Molloy to build on the distinguished service and visionary leadership of Dr. Drew Bogner, Molloy's current president."
"Dr. Lentini's 30-plus years of experience in higher education - in a wide variety of areas that include strategic planning, academic program development, enrollment management and more - will ensure a smooth transition in Molloy's leadership and help us continue on the path of unprecedented growth that we have enjoyed during the 20 years of Dr. Bogner's presidency," said Dan Henry, Chair of Molloy's Presidential Search Committee.
"I am thrilled and honored to have been selected as the next President of Molloy College," said Dr. Lentini. "Molloy has a tremendous history and culture, and I look forward to working with Molloy's dedicated faculty, staff, students, and alumni to build on the success that has made the College one of the finest institutions in the region."
Dr. Lentini came to Oakland University in 2013. Prior to his appointment at Oakland, he served as dean of the College of Creative Arts at Miami University (Ohio) from 2007-2013. He 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 (WSU) from 1988-2003.
A Detroit native, Dr. Lentini received a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) from the University of Southern California, a Master of Music degree from Michigan State University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Wayne State University. He also successfully completed the Management in Leadership in Education program at Harvard University.
As Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Oakland University, he worked closely with deans and faculty in overseeing the development of new and innovative academic programs, including a newly-formed School of Music, Theatre and Dance and the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, which graduated its charter class in 2015. He led the reorganization of the Office of Research, overseeing academic and research developments that led to the elevation of the university's Carnegie Classification from R3 to R2 category (Doctoral University - High Research Activity).
An internationally-recognized composer and classical guitarist, Dr. Lentini is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences GRAMMY awards and is a recipient of, among other musical honors, the Andres Segovia International Composition Prize. His compositions have been performed and recorded by national and international ensembles, and Gramophone magazine called him "an American classical music success story."
Dr. Lentini and his wife Dana have two sons, Luke and Noah, and a daughter, Evalina.
Search Committee Chair Henry led a 13-member Search Committee comprising trustees, faculty members, administrators, and a student representative. The Search Committee, assisted by Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, reviewed the profiles of more than 80 potential candidates during an 8-month search process.
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