Marist president resigns

POUGHKEEPSIE – Marist College President David Yellen Wednesday announced his resignation from the Town of Poughkeepsie school. The college has named former president and professor of public policy Dennis Murray as interim president

Dennis Murray is back at the helm as interim president

Yellen became the fourth president at Marist on July 1, 2016. After a sabbatical, he will pursue other leadership positions in higher education, the college said.

Before coming to Marist, Yellen was dean and professor of law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law for 11 years.

Marist said under his leadership, the school developed a five-year strategic plan; announced plans to start a new medical school; opened a location in midtown Manhattan; and launched its first-ever doctoral degree, the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Murray, who served as Marist president for 37 years, remained involved in the school, notably overseeing the work of the Raymond A. Rich Institute for Leadership Development.

The board will begin consulting with faculty, students, alumni and others regarding the process and timetable for selection of a new president, said Trustees’ Board Chairman Ross Mauri.

When asked the length and term of Yellen’s contract with Marist, a spokeswoman said the school “does not discuss or comment on the terms of any individual’s employment at any time.”


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