Seamus Carey, the president of Transylvania University in Kentucky, has been named to succeed Joseph E. Nyre as president of Iona College in New Rochelle beginning July 1.
Carey will become the ninth president of Iona, a Catholic co-educational institution founded in 1940. He is a Bronx native and attended Mount St. Michael Academy in the borough. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Vassar College. Carey received both a master’s degree and a doctorate in philosophy from Fordham University. Carey attended Harvard’s Management Development Program and the Executive Leadership Academy sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges. He has published three books and is a contributor to Huffington Post.
James P. Hynes, chairman of Iona’s board of trustees, said, “Carey is the right person for the right time at Iona College. A highly regarded leader, philosopher, and academic, he has all the necessary skills and vision to build on Iona’s successes, and ensure its legacy among Catholic colleges.”
Carey’s background includes four years as dean of arts and sciences at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. He was chairman of the philosophy department at Manhattan College where he taught for nine years.
“I am truly honored to join a community that understands the power of education and its ability to develop character, broaden horizons, and transform lives,” Carey said.
Iona has an enrollment of about 4,000 students. It offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as master’s degrees and advanced certificate programs.
William T. Young Jr., chairman of the board of trustees at Transylvania University, said, “We are sorry to see Seamus leave Transylvania after five successful years as president.”
The university said in a statement that during Carey’s tenure, its campus has been transformed by major building projects, including the construction of three new residence halls and an alumni plaza. Other work has included the renovation of a library, renovation of an academic center and the start of construction of a $30 million campus center. He also initiated a mentoring program to help students transition from college to the workplace, and an effort to deepen the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, according to the statement.