Vice President For Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion Position Profile
Molloy College seeks a strategic, collaborative, innovative, and responsive leader to serve as the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (VPDEI). The VPDEI will have the opportunity to lead, educate and empower a community of engaged faculty and staff. Reporting directly to President James Lentini, D.M.A., who is in his second year at Molloy, the VPDEI will be joining the President’s Cabinet as a member of the senior leadership team. The VPDEI will find Molloy to be committed to its value-centered, multidimensional education that is grounded in the Dominican tradition of the College, rooted in the ideals of truth and respect for the dignity and worth of every individual. Molloy College lives its mission on campus, located 25 miles from New York City in Rockville Centre, Long Island, and extends its reach outward to encompass the region, country and world.
About the College
Molloy College is an independent Catholic college with more than 60 quality academic undergraduate and graduate degree programs that include three doctoral programs. Founded in 1955 by the Sisters of St. Dominic of Amityville, the College provides over 4,800 students (undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral) with a variety of competitive academic programs that include liberal arts and sciences, business, education and social work, mental health counseling, nursing, allied health and communication sciences and disorders. Combining the strengths of academic excellence and leadership with personal, compassionate mentoring, Molloy brings out the best in every student.
Molloy is one of the most affordable private colleges in the region and was recently named by the Wall Street Journal as the #18 ranked “Value-Added” college in the nation – a testament to its tremendous academic programs. In 2020, The Princeton Review listed Molloy as one of the best colleges in the Northeast. These and many other national rankings speak to Molloy’s commitment to blend career success with altruistic and generative attitude. View Molloy’s recent accolades.
Molloy College, an independent, Catholic college rooted in the Dominican tradition of study, spirituality, service, and community, is committed to academic excellence with respect for each person. Through transformative education, Molloy promotes a lifelong search for truth and the development of ethical leadership.
Mission in Action
Through the Office of Mission and Ministry, Molloy College supports its mission through a variety of programs and initiatives. Campus Ministries is rooted in the College’s Dominican Charism and the Four Pillars: Study, Spirituality, Service, and Community. With a foundation of Catholic identity, Campus Ministries brings together students and employees in the common search for Truth in an accepting and inclusive environment and offers people the chance to live out their own individual faiths and grow spiritually while at Molloy College. The office sponsors retreats, interfaith prayer services, and service experiences both locally and globally. Catholic Mass is offered during the semester on weekdays, Sunday evenings, and with special masses that are held throughout the year.
Additionally, the College sponsors multiple service trips not only to live out the mission, but also to enable students to gain hands-on experience in their fields of study. Molloy is an active member of the Dominican Higher Education Council (DHEC) and holds membership in the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU). Recently Molloy was accepted as a Lilly Network institution for faith-based colleges/universities.
Strategic Planning and Accreditation
Molloy College’s current Strategic Plan (2016-2021) focuses on the following five themes:
- Responsive Education
- Student Success
- Regional Reputation
- Strategic Enrollment
- Organizational Effectiveness
For more information, please visit: https://www.molloy.edu/documents/Strategic_Plan_Book_2019.pdf
The Strategic Plan will be extended and updated once the Strategic Enrollment Management Plan, which will serve as a part of the foundation for an updated College Strategic Plan, is completed.
Molloy College offers more than 60 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs, as well as continuing education, professional development, and newly approved micro-credential options. Program delivery is offered in a traditional classroom setting, as well as in online and blended formats. The Honors Program (open to all majors), global learning, and experiential learning are all opportunities available to students. Additionally, the School of Business offers its own Honors Program.
In 2018, the College completed the process of reorganizing from a division model into four schools: The School of Business, School of Education and Human Services, School of Arts & Sciences, and the Barbara H. Hagan School of Nursing and Health Sciences. The Academic Division also includes the Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies, the Library, and the office of Research and Scholarship, which oversees the Faculty Professional Center and the Office of Blended and Online Learning. This larger academic restructuring supports Molloy College in its long-term goal of gaining university status.
Molloy College is accredited by The Middle States Commission on Higher Education with the next evaluation in 2022-2023. For more information on the accredited programs, please see our accreditations page.
Molloy’s faculty have real-world experience that enriches classroom learning and helps to develop savvy marketable professionals. From the small class size and individualized attention to internship opportunities, the faculty help students become career ready. As experts in their fields, faculty are involved in funded grants and complex research projects and often involve students in their research. They are also published authors, often penning articles for peer-reviewed journals or books.
Faculty development is a priority at Molloy College. The Faculty Professional Center offers workshops and events about teaching, learning, and research/scholarship topics while collaborating with offices across the campus. The Office of Blended and Online Learning partners with the Faculty Professional Center on a variety of topics, including digital accessibility and inclusive course design.
Faculty, Employee, and Student Demographics
The College has 187 full-time faculty members, 80% of whom are tenured. There are also approximately 500 part-time faculty, including field supervisors and clinical faculty. More than 87% of full-time faculty have doctoral degrees. There are 137 women and 50 men on the full-time faculty. The faculty population is approximately 75% White, 6% Hispanic, 10% Black/African American, 7% Asian, and 2% all other races/ethnicities. There are no significant differences in racial/ethnic breakdown for full-time faculty as compared to adjunct faculty. There are 498 non-faculty employees at the College. This population is approximately 75% White, 16% Hispanic, 5% Black/African American, 3% Asian, and 1% all other races/ethnicities.
The student body is 25% male and 75% female. The student population is approximately 58% white, 20% Hispanic, 9% Black/African American, 7% Asian and 6% all other races/ethnicities. Thirty-seven percent of the undergraduate student population are first generation College students, 32% are Pell Grant eligible. Of the undergraduate students, approximately 19% are non-traditional students above the age of 24. Only 5% of students are from out of state. Traditionally a commuter school, the College maintains a residence life component that was added in 2011, and the College’s third residence hall opened in the fall of 2019, bringing the number of beds to 320 or roughly 10% of the undergraduate population. Fifteen foreign countries are represented in the student body. As College enrollment has increased by 20% over the past ten years, the graduation rate has increased to 73%, the highest of any private College on Long Island, and the freshman-to-sophomore retention rate has reached 88%, among the highest in the nation.
Campus life at Molloy is dynamic and important to the College mission. Students are involved in more than 40 clubs and organizations and they maintain a spirit on campus that is positive and vibrant. Evening and weekend programming has increased significantly over the past five years. Some of the diverse opportunities offered through campus life include leadership roles in student government and campus clubs, opportunities for civic engagement and cultural exploration, involvement in service learning and community service, positions in MolloyLife Media, and participation in athletic teams. E-sports has become popular in recent years and Molloy has six teams that are affiliated with regional and national conferences.
The Molloy College Athletics Program is a Division II member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). All sports programs compete in the East Coast Conference (ECC) whose members include, Daemen College, Queens College, Long Island University/ CW Post, Molloy College, New York Institute of Technology, Roberts Wesleyan, Saint Thomas Aquinas, the University of District of Columbia, and the College of Staten Island.
In addition to their success on the field and in the classroom, Molloy student-athletes bring to life the mission of the Institution. It is an expectation that all student-athletes participate in community service projects, walks for a cause, and engage in activities in the community that directly and positively impact the lives of others. During the 2019-2020 year they raised more than $16,000 for charities and logged over 1,800 hours of service. The Department of Athletics has been recognized by the East Coast Conference several times as the recipients of both the ECC Cares Award and the ECC Community Engagement Award.
For more information on athletics, please visit the Molloy Lions website
Molloy College has approximately 25,000 alumni. Molloy graduates continue to represent the College well beyond commencement. The College’s focus on academics and community engagement ensures that Molloy graduates possess the skills needed to achieve success while incorporating care and concern for the world around them. Molloy graduates are sought after by employers throughout the region, and are known to be leaders with positive attitudes and a willingness to go beyond what is expected of them. The alumni population is 68% White, 10% Hispanic, 12% Black, 6% Asian, and 4% all other races/ethnicities.
All graduates of Molloy College are members of the Alumni Association. Graduates of associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees are encouraged to participate in Alumni Association events and meetings. The Alumni Association is governed by an Executive Board and an Administration Board.
Alumni involvement and donations are imperative to the sustainability of the Institution and student scholarships. Over 1,400 alumni contributed during the last fiscal year.
Molloy College is located in Rockville Centre, New York, just 25 miles east of New York City on the Babylon line of the Long Island Railroad. The close proximity of Molloy to Manhattan facilitates partnerships and student internships with some of the leading business, healthcare, educational, social services, professional, and art and media sectors in the country.
Molloy College’s main campus consists of 11 buildings and sits on 30 acres. The Molloy College Manhattan Center is home to our nationally-recognized CAP21 musical theatre arts program and is located in downtown New York City at 50 Broadway. One of the unique aspects of this program is its urban/suburban feature. Students take theatre classes in Manhattan and their general education courses on our Rockville Centre campus, giving them the best of both worlds.
Molloy also operates a satellite location in Suffolk County. This site is home to Molloy’s robust Continuing Education program, as well as academic offerings in several disciplines.
The College’s Center for Environmental Research and Coastal Monitoring (CERCOM) is based in Sayville on eastern Long Island. The facility contains a 2,500-square-foot marine science laboratory as part of its environmental monitoring and analysis.
The Incorporated Village of Rockville Centre is home to approximately 25,000 residents and is an integral part of a larger community of three million people who reside in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. It offers a thriving downtown area with a wide variety of shops and restaurants. The Village boasts a hospital, 12 parks, one library, 11 churches, two synagogues, as well as community centers for youth and the senior populations. Rockville Centre is also home to the headquarters of the Catholic Diocese. The Rockville Centre Union Free School District has five elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school.
Over the past ten years, Molloy College has developed a growing network of business, not-for-profit and governmental partners for the purpose of identifying and addressing the serious, complex, and multi-dimensional issues challenging the community. Molloy College is an important and integral part of the Long Island community and is seen as a leader in conversations of significance that impact its three million residents.
To learn more about the local community, please visit the Rockville Centre Chamber of Commerce.
President James Lentini began his tenure as Molloy College’s seventh president in June 2020. Dr. Lentini is a passionate and thoughtful higher education leader, with expertise in a wide range of areas, including strategic planning, academic program development, and enrollment management.
Before his appointment at Molloy College, Dr. Lentini served as Senior Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Oakland University from 2013-2020. During his tenure, he provided leadership for the University’s strategic plan, campus master plan, comprehensive fundraising campaign, research, and strategic enrollment management. Dr. Lentini’s efforts led the University to achieve record high levels for student retention and graduation rates while advancing signature academic initiatives, including the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, which graduated its first class and achieved Liaison Committee on Medicine (LCME) accreditation in 2015. He restructured the Office of Research, leading to increased external funding and oversaw the University’s rise in the Carnegie Classification to the R2 category of Doctoral Universities with High Research Activity.
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. Additional training includes completion of the Management in Leadership in Education program at Harvard University. Dr. Lentini is a recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from Wayne State University. The College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts at Wayne State honored him with a Career Achievement Award in the Field of Music in 2013. Oakland University awarded Dr. Lentini with the first-ever President’s Medal for Excellence in 2020 for his outstanding achievements as Senior Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Learn more information about the President’s Cabinet and the Board of Trustees,
Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Inaugural Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (VPDEI) is a senior leader who will serve as a catalyst to leverage best practices and resources across Molloy College to promote a culture of inclusion and equity where all individuals can thrive and be engaged. The VPDEI will provide strategic and programmatic leadership for equity initiatives that advance the importance of diversity, non-discrimination, social justice, access, and inclusion as a critical component of social, academic, and intellectual life at the College. The VPDEI will have an opportunity to more fully establish a college culture focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion inherent in Molloy’s founding as a Catholic and Dominican institution. The VPDEI will develop collaborative relations with offices, centers, and institutes of the College to advance the mission and goals related to education, accessibility, and outcomes in higher education. The VPDEI reports directly to the President and serves on the President’s Cabinet. The successful candidate will help create a culture of continuous improvement and accountability through planning and assessment of our diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Collaborate with senior leaders to review and integrate equitable best practices into workplace policies, procedures, and programming.
- Engage College-wide constituent groups and external stakeholders to structure and support DEI initiatives that are key to the College’s mission.
- Provide oversight for the development, implementation and evaluation of the College’s strategic equity and justice plan, vision, and related goals.
- Chair the Diversity Council, an advisory entity that will be established under the leadership of the VPDEI.
- Collaborate with Human Resources and other departments throughout the College to develop strategic hiring and retention efforts to attract and retain a highly talented, diverse workforce.
- Coordinate with various stakeholders on a wide variety of equity and inclusion programming with a focus on students and student needs.
- Collaborate to create effective DEI internal and external communication strategies.
- Serve as a spokesperson for the College on matters related to diversity and inclusion in conjunction with appropriate offices.
- Work across departments to create professional development opportunities that advance the importance of diversity, non-discrimination, social justice, access, and inclusion as a critical component of social, academic, and intellectual life at the College.
- Serve as the senior DEI advisor to the President and the Cabinet and manage processes to identify opportunities for institutional improvement.
- Collect, analyze, monitor, and disseminate institutional data to benchmark and promote accountability to ensure equitable programs, policies and procedures in all areas of the Institution.
- Terminal degree or doctorate preferred, or a master’s degree in a relevant field from an accredited institution, as well as five years’ experience in social justice and equity.
- Demonstrated success at facilitating difficult discussions, shepherding change, creating and strengthening partnerships, and aligning an array of efforts across a complex organization.
- Demonstrated success as a collaborator and relationship builder, with strong interpersonal skills and ability to build coalitions and collaborative working relationships with a broad range of diverse individuals and groups ranging from first-year students through senior administration.
- Demonstrated success in identifying and implementing best practices around DEI and an excellent command of modern diversity and inclusion concepts and issues in higher education.
- Demonstrated success in working collaboratively to develop and implement recruitment and retention strategies focused on building a diverse workforce and student population.
- General knowledge and understanding of the demographic matrix of Long Island.
- Exceptional oral and written communication skills with experience in multiple communication modes with the ability to articulate the importance of DEI to the broader educational mission of higher educational institutions.
- Knowledge of laws, regulations and guidelines related to diversity, inclusion, access, and nondiscrimination in higher education.
- Proven analytical skills and ability to provide oversight for assessments related to campus climate, equity, diversity, access, and inclusion.
Nominations and Applications
For full consideration, interested parties are encouraged to submit a letter of interest and CV as soon as possible. Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until August 20, 2021. All nominations, applications and inquiries should be sent in confidence to:
1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, New York 11571
Molloy College does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, or military status; in its administration of educational policies, programs or activities; its admissions policies; or in employment practices.
Molloy College takes its responsibility seriously to establish an environment in which the dignity and worth of all members of the institutional community are respected. In its effort to provide an optimal learning environment the College seeks the appointment of persons who are highly qualified and whose background is appropriate to fill each vacancy. It is College policy to recruit, employ, retain and promote employees without discrimination regarding sex, race, color, creed, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, national or ethnic origin or physical disability. In selecting for employment, the College is committed to the highest standard of excellence and will select the best qualified candidate. In cases where there are equally qualified candidates for positions, selection will be made from those groups of persons who have been identified by the Federal and State Governments as having been discriminated against in the past.