St. Francis College, a longtime client of Yoswein New York, recently named Dr. Miguel Martinez-Saenz as its 19th President in the College’s 160 year history. He will begin his term in September at the start of the 2017-2018 academic year, taking over for Interim President Timothy J. Houlihan who filled the position after the death of Brendan J. Dugan ’68 in December of 2016.
President Martinez-Saenz comes to Brooklyn Heights from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio where he was the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
“When we set out to find a new president, we looked for a champion of the Franciscan values of kindness and service; someone who also brings deep academic experience, solid leadership skills, and an accomplished track record,” said Chair of the selection committee Denis J. Salamone ‘75, a member of the Board at M&T Bank Corporation. “Of the 80 applicants we reviewed, it quickly became apparent that Dr. Martinez-Saenz was exactly the type of person we were looking for. We are fortunate he felt the same way about St. Francis College.”
A Cuban-American with 17 years of academic and leadership experience, Dr. Martinez-Saenz is committed to three major pillars of higher education; student access, retention, and student success.
“Going to college is only meaningful if colleges deliver what they promise,” said Dr. Martinez-Saenz. “Our educational goals reach beyond general knowledge and skills and include cognitive, socio-emotional and moral development. Mastery of these areas help students become desirable to employers. But first, students have to graduate and to graduate we must meet the needs of the students we choose to enroll.”