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Molloy College Dedicates Bogner Hall and McGovern Plaza - LI Herald

The sun shone on the Molloy College community last Friday, as more than 100 people gathered for the dedication of its brand new residence hall to President Drew Bogner and his wife, Karen. The ceremony also included a dedication of the outdoor residential quad to Michael A. McGovern, the college's former treasurer and vice president for finance, who died in 2018.

The honor didn't quite sink in for Bogner until the first day of classes this year, when he asked a resident student which hall he lived in, and the student said, "Bogner Hall." 

"For months after the board made the decision to name it Bogner Hall, I kept calling it the third residence hall," Bogner told the crowd. "I just couldn't wrap my mind around the idea that it was named for us."

Bogner will retire at the end of the 2019-20 school year, after serving as president for the past 20 years. He moved to Rockville Centre from Kansas in 2000, and began his presidency at the college that July.

At the time, Molloy was a commuter-only college. Part of Bogner's vision for the school was to introduce dorms to campus. After years of planning, the idea came to fruition in 2011, when Fitzgerald Hall opened to 109 residents, and again in 2014, when Maria Regina Hall debut-ed, raising the student resident population to more than 200. In total, there are now 352 resident students on campus, said Janine Biscari, vice president of student affairs.

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Molloy College President Drew Bogner in Long Island Business News

Newer rankings tend to put a greater focus on outcomes, such as graduation rate and salaries after graduation, than "inputs" - criteria like GPA of the incoming students and peer assessments from college presidents and provosts in the region, said Drew Bogner, president of Molloy College in Rockville Centre. "The outcomes are what parents and students tell us are most important to them," he said.

"Somehow we got to a point where the important thing was for the kids to go away and have a formative experience, and there was less emphasis on what happens after that," Bogner continued. Students and their parents racked up tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt, and the students couldn't get jobs when they graduated.

"We're at a historic moment now," Bogner said. "Things are shifting. Generation X parents and their kids are more practical and more concerned about the outcome and less focused on formation and development."

While "a certain segment of the marketplace will still look for formative experiences," Bogner said, "I don't think it will be seen as a medallion of success that you were able to send your student away to a top private institution like it was for a long time. If you look at the window decals on the backs of cars in the region, you begin to wonder what part of it was the parent wanting to have that decal? High schools, too, want to advertise how many of their students went to Ivy League schools or little Ivies, but what we should look at is what happens after graduation, and that's where the ratings are shifting."

Last year, The Wall Street Journal ranked Molloy No. 18 in the country for "Added Value." Added value was calculated by comparing predicted salaries - based on factors including students' SAT scores, family income and the school's percentage of first-generation college students - to the actual outcomes for graduates 10 years after enrollment. Other accolades for Molloy have included inclusion in the "Top 10 Best Value Schools" among Catholic Universities by College Values Online in 2017 and the No. 1 College to Study Healthcare Professions by College Factual, also in 2017.

"The advantage of going to school in the New York area - if you want your son or daughter to get a good-paying job - is that institutions like Molloy use the metropolitan area for clinical opportunities and internships, and the experiences are at a higher level than they would be elsewhere," Bogner said, noting that Molloy students have done an average of three internships by the time they graduate.

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Molloy College Opens Bogner Hall, its Third Residence Building

Molloy College's new residence building, Bogner Hall, has officially opened. Students moved into its dorm rooms for the first time on Monday.

As soon as you walk in, the wood paneling gives it a homey vibe," said Sophie Woods, a resident assistant in the hall and a third-year student from Oswego. "It doesn't feel like a residence hall. It feels like home." Bogner Hall, officially called the Drew and Karen Bogner Hall, is named for the college's president, Drew Bogner, who will retire next year, and his wife, Karen. The residence hall is now a home away from home for 96 students, including five resident assistants. The co-educational building also houses one residence director, who oversees the R.A.s. It is the college's third dorm. Its first, Fitzgerald Hall, opened in 2011, and Maria Regina, the second, opened in 2014.

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Molloy College President Drew Bogner to Retire in June 2020

John P. McEntee, Chair of the Molloy College Board of Trustees, announced today that President Drew Bogner will retire at the completion of his contract in June of 2020, capping a 20-year tenure that saw the advent of on-campus housing, expansion of the student body and the addition of numerous academic programs.

"Drew has provided us with incredible leadership during his time at Molloy," said McEntee. "On behalf of everyone at Molloy, we thank him for his visionary leadership and dedication." "My time at Molloy has been the most satisfying professional experience of my life and I can't say enough about the students, faculty and staff and the support they've given me," said President Bogner. "Our enrollment and reputation have never been stronger, and I am proud of the Molloy we have created together."

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Molloy President Drew Bogner on College Enrollment in Newsday

There are several ways to build enrollment: through traditional freshman and transfer students, graduate students, and nontraditional students, Molloy President Drew Bogner said. The approximately 4,900-student Catholic school based in Rockville Centre made a decision to invest in growing freshman and graduate students, he said. Since 2008, the college's graduate enrollment is up 53 percent, and this fall Molloy welcomed its largest freshman class of 598 students, officials said.

"Molloy offers a Catholic education with a focus on leadership," Bogner said. "We know that students that come to Molloy, they want to make a difference in the world."

"This generation, they want to be valued as individuals, and we do that," Bogner said. "Our whole way of educating really revolves around meeting the individual where they are and taking them to another level."

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2018 President's Awards Ceremony

In recognition of service, dedication and exemplifying the spirit of the Dominican tradition, Molloy College faculty, staff, administrators and friends were awarded with more than 70 honors on Friday, March 23 at the Madison Theatre. In addition to recognizing over 1,000 cumulative years of service by the nearly 70 employees, college president Drew Bogner, Ph.D. welcomed Marion Lowenthal, M.A. to the stage to receive the Dominican Service Award, along with Melissa Gebbia, Ph.D., Shawn Gordon, Neal Lewis J.D., Marilyn Marra, Geraldine Moore, M.S., Ph.D., R.N., and Debra O'Connor, M.B.A., whose outstanding efforts were lauded with the Distinguished Service Award.

Molloy President Drew Bogner interviewed on PIX 11 Morning News

Scott Stanford and Kala Rama from WPIX 11 Morning News interviewed Molloy's President Drew Bogner on tips for students who recently graduated from college and are still looking to land a job. President Bogner also discusses Molloy's recent honor, being named Money magazine's "#1 Value All-Star" in the country, as well as what high school students should look for when selecting a college.

Molloy Signs Joint Documents in Support of Immigrants

In December Molloy College signed a document in support of immigrant students and their ability to continue their studies without interruption. That document (see link below) was authored by the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) and signed by more than 100 other Catholic colleges.

The Passing of Detective Steven McDonald

As you may know, Detective Steven McDonald passed away on Tuesday, January 10, four days after suffering a heart attack.

The NYPD officer, 59, was shot in 1986 while patrolling Central Park.  The injury left him paralyzed from the neck down and, for eight months, unable to speak.

Detective McDonald, a friend of the College and a regular attendee at Molloy events, was by all standards a man of faith and courage.

Despite his devastating injury, which left him wheelchair-bound and dependent on a respirator for breathing, he remained on active duty with the NYPD.

One of his many lessons to all of us was his ability to forgive his shooter, a 15-year-old boy. This inspirational act made him a highly sought after speaker at a variety of public and parochial schools on the topic of forgiveness and the importance of peace.

The values he demonstrated, along with his amazing grace and dignity in spite of his circumstances, are what we remember today.

The thoughts and prayers of the entire Molloy community are with his family today.

In honor of Detective McDonald, I have asked that the flag in front of Kellenberg Hall be placed at half-mast.

Dr. Drew Bogner

Molloy Named #1 Value All-Star in the US

Molloy President Dr. Drew Bogner shares exciting news! Molloy was recently named the "#1 Value All-Star" in the country. This honor, bestowed by MONEY magazine as part of their overall "value" rankings, is a tribute to our strong, ongoing commitment to our students.

ABC 7 NY: Molloy named "#1 Value All-Star" in the country

During an ABC News web chat, President Dr. Drew Bogner shares his thoughts on Molloy recently being named the "#1 Value All-Star" in the country by MONEY magazine.

Molloy Named #1 Value All-Star in the US

Molloy President Dr. Drew Bogner shares exciting news! Molloy was recently named the "#1 Value All-Star" in the country. This honor, bestowed by MONEY magazine as part of their overall "value" rankings, is a tribute to our strong, ongoing commitment to our students.

LI Herald: Unique partnership foretells the future

Molloy and Baldwin school district leaders hail forward-looking 'new-media incubator'

Molloy College and the Baldwin School District are joining forces in a unique partnership that will create a "media incubator" in the former Shubert Elementary School, the college and the district announced.

Molloy's president, Dr. Drew Bogner, said, "Creative solutions are needed today in both secondary and higher education, and we are fortunate to have found the ideal partner in the Baldwin School District. We look forward to implementing a program that will provide students with marketable skills while also creating a replicable model that can impact numerous communities within our region." Besides the new media instruction, a number of technology-driven start-ups will be housed at Shubert, providing students with practical experience through work programs and internships.

Newsday: Dr. Bogner on Reverse Commuting

Long Island has enormous potential for job growth if we rethink how the Island relates to the talent employers require. Some of those talented people are already here, as my fellow area college presidents and I well know.

The Long Island Catholic: Playing Ping pong with 20,000 people by Drew Bogner

Ping pong is a back-and-forth game. I hit the ball to you, you react and then I have to respond to what you do. The entire game is based on how we respond to each other.

Good teaching has similar qualities, and the connection between professor and student can greatly influence how much learning actually takes place. This connection is what is most overlooked in today's debate over how to reduce the cost of higher education.

Newsday: Dr. Bogner on Reverse Commuting

Long Island has enormous potential for job growth if we rethink how the Island relates to the talent employers require. Some of those talented people are already here, as my fellow area college presidents and I well know.

A Message from the President about Super Storm Sandy

Molloy College is deeply aware that many members of the Molloy family have suffered and continue to suffer from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The College is organizing an effort to provide support to members of our community in need.

Drew & Karen Bogner

Looking Into The Mountain
A Photographic Encounter with the Spiritual in Nature

November 14 - December 20, 2012
Opening Reception: Wednesday November 7, 2012 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Molloy College Frank and Gertude Kaiser Art Gallery

Molloy featured on "The Higher Power of Higher Education"

Dr. Drew Bogner, Molloy College President, will be featured on a new Telecare television series, "The Higher Power of Higher Education." The series debuts on March 12, at 7:30 p.m. and re-airs Thursday March 15, at 10:30 a.m., Dr. Bogner and presidents of other Catholic colleges will discuss a variety of issues related to education at their institutions.

President Bogner Concludes NCAA Division II Leadership Role (PDF)

"If you're going to invest in athletics, what's the return?" asked Drew Bogner, president of Molloy. Division II's real issue, Bogner said, was bigger than
whether members were migrating to Division I, which was the concern of the moment.
Source: David Pickle from Faces of the NCAA 

Herald Names Drew Bogner Man of Year

It takes a great deal of insight, confidence and patience to see an idea from its genesis through to its completion over the course of a decade. During his 11-year tenure as Molloy's president, Dr. Drew Bogner has exhibited these attributes - and many more - in abundance, and as a result, the Herald has chosen him as its Person of the Year.
Source: Aaron Axelson of the Long Island Herald

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