College of New Rochelle Names President


Dr. William W. Latimer has been named the new president of the College of New Rochelle, the college announced.

Dr. Latimer, who will take over as president April 15, brings more than 20 years of faculty and administrative experience to CNR.

“I am humbled and excited to join The College of New Rochelle community given its rich history and mission,” said Dr. Latimer in a statement. “Forty years of data demonstrate the unparalleled value of a traditional liberal arts education, yet recent trends demand accountability. A greater emphasis on graduation and job placement has replaced a singular emphasis on building enrollment.”

Dr. Latimer, who lives in New Rochelle with his wife Dr. Maria R. Khan, previously was founding dean of the School of Health Sciences, Human Services and Nursing at Lehman College in the Bronx. He also served at the University of Florida and at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in English and psychology from Hobart College in upstate Geneva, a master’s in developmental psychology from Columbia University, a master’s in public health in epidemiology from the University of Minnesota and a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Rhode Island.

His appointment concluded a search that began in October 2016 and attracted nearly 100 applicants. “The election of Dr. Latimer is a monumental step into the future for the College of New Rochelle. He possesses the vision, skills, character, drive and experience to transform CNR,” said Gwen Adolph, chair of the college’s board of trustees.

“Innovative, energetic and resourceful, and importantly a champion of both the liberal arts and health care professions, Dr. Latimer is committed to providing a high-quality education to our students in a collaborative and accountable environment.”


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