ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – Maria College announced Thursday that its new president will be Lynn Ortale, Ph.D. The board of trustees said she will start as president on July 1. She will be the sixth president of the college.
Dr. Ortale comes to the school with over three decades of experience in higher education administration. For the past 13 years, she has served as Vice President for Student Life at Chestnut Hill College in Pennsylvania, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph. She was also an adjunct faculty member in the Higher Education Administration Graduate Program at DeSales University.
“I am humbled and honored to have been selected by the Board of Trustees as the next president of Maria College,” President-Elect Ortale said. “I am committed to Catholic education because of the transformative impact of mission-oriented learning communities on the personal and academic development of students and the impact of the commitment to serve the underserved on our students, our community and our world. Together, we are moving forward with great enthusiasm to embark on Maria’s next chapter of excellence and innovation. »
Maria College’s Board of Trustees and Selection Committee worked with consulting firm Academic Search to hire Dr. Ortale after a nationwide search. The committee spoke with faculty, students and staff to determine what skills and characteristics should be included in the search for the College’s next leader. Dr. Ortale was chosen from three finalists.
Dr. Ortale will replace the outgoing chair, Dr. Thomas Gamble, who will be retiring. Dr Gamble has led the college for the past six years. The college will continue to move forward with its campus master plan and strategic compass that the board approved while at Maria.
In addition to her administrative and teaching experience, Dr. Ortale is an active and national professional speaker. She has given over 60 presentations to various national associations on a myriad of topics such as student suicide prevention, leadership development, neurodiversity, and learning differences. She is also an accreditation evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), a role that brought her to the Maria College campus in 2019.
Maria College was founded in 1958. The Catholic college is private and coeducational and is one of 17 colleges and universities in the United States sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. It serves approximately 800 students in a variety of bachelor’s, associate’s, master’s, and certificate programs, including liberal arts, health care management, nursing, psychology, occupational therapy, and life sciences. health and work.