Announcements and Press Releases
A Response to the George Floyd Verdict
April 20, 2021
To all the members of the Molloy Community,
The announcement of today's verdict of murder affirms that the violence against George Floyd that we collectively witnessed as a nation was seen and heard by the criminal justice system. There is still much to be done to protect the rights and dignity of all people, and I ask you to join me in reaffirming Molloy's commitment to a lifelong search for truth.
Whether we are students, faculty or staff, the values and guiding virtues of Molloy College will continue to guide us personally and as an institution. We believe that through our personal transformation we can affect our communities and the world, grounded in the pursuit of truth, integration of study and contemplation, seeing God in all things, compassion and justice, and engaged scholarship.
The fight to ensure that every individual is treated with dignity and respect will continue. This is a long struggle and it can be wearing. As we continue to live in circumstances more socially isolating than normal, it may become more difficult to dialogue with others. Let's be sure to reach out and provide avenues for conversation and support. As always, resources are available to all members of the Molloy community.
James Lentini, D.M.A.
Resources are 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.
An Easter Message
March 31, 2021
To the Molloy Community:
We are now in Holy Week after one of the most difficult years for the College and the nation. As a Catholic College, founded in the charism of the Sisters of St. Dominic of Amityville, the Easter season always has special resonance for us. This year, Easter could not come as a more timely reminder of the promise of our faith.
The promise of Easter is new life! After a time of great darkness, we will see the light and have a new and better life. As a College, we have been through so much, yet we have persevered. Along with the regional Long Island community and, indeed, the entire world, we have suffered tremendously, but the hope of tomorrow still shines brightly. The hope that we all share, as a community of scholars, is that education and service will remain the hallmarks of our society. In the year since COVID-19 changed our lives, let's recall our founding mission and our calling to help others see light and hope.
Whether you celebrate Easter, Passover or another religious holiday, please accept my best wishes for spiritual renewal, for light, and for hope.
James Lentini, D.M.A.
Response to Violence Against Asian, Asian American, Pacific Islander Communities.
March 18, 2021
To all the Members of the Molloy Community,
We stand in support of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander descent. Anti-Asian hate crimes are wrong and have no place in the Molloy Community or in our society.
Here at Molloy College we are called to be moral thinkers and leaders. Molloy’s Values and Guiding Virtues statement affirms, "The Catholic Dominican vision for education is a holistic way of looking at and being in the world. It is grounded in values integral to the mission of the order: the pursuit of truth, integration of study and contemplation, seeing God in all things, compassion and justice, and engaged scholarship.”
We find ourselves confronting the darkest side of humanity, which denies people the dignity and respect afforded to us as human beings. Increasing anti-Asian hate crimes, including the tragic killings of six individuals of Asian descent in Atlanta, are counter to the Molloy College mission statement: “Through transformative education, Molloy promotes a lifelong search for truth and the development of ethical leadership.”
Our Values and Guiding Virtues statement becomes an action plan when we ensure that Molloy College is a safe space that is welcoming and supportive to each individual. As we take on the role of “ethical leadership” in our respective spheres, we must speak up and take action, acting justly and with kindness in all our endeavors. In our search for truth through self-awareness with humility, we have the power to transform our communities.
James Lentini, D.M.A.
For those seeking support, please take advantage of the resources available through our Student Personal Counseling Center, 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.
To learn more about the diverse constituencies that enhance the Molloy community, please engage with our student clubs and their advisors: AACO (African-American Caribbean Organization), MASA (Molloy Asian Student Association), SACE (South Asian Cultural Exchange), and Unión Hispana. Connect with Molloy Violence Prevention to learn more about identifying and preventing gender-based violence.
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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