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Manhattanville College In Purchase Appoints New President

Michael Geisler has been named the new president of Manhattanville College. He will take over in July.
Michael Geisler has been named the new president of Manhattanville College. He will take over in July. Photo Credit: Manhattanville College

PURCHASE, N.Y. -- In an unanimous decision, the trustees of Manhattanville College have appointed Michael Geisler as the school's new president.

Geisler currently is vice president for risk and compliance at Middleburg College in Middlebury, Vt.

He will take over as president in July, following the retirement of Jon Strauss who, during his five-year tenure, is recognized for increasing financial stability, building institutional capacity and developing new academic programs at Manhattanville.

Upon learning of his appointment, Geisler said: “It is an honor to be chosen as President of Manhattanville College and to join an institution with a proven commitment to building community through education, and to acquiring wisdom through social and political engagement.

"Our cities, our nations and, indeed the world, are in urgent need of the bedrock values and civil courage exemplified by former Manhattanville President Mother Grace Cowardin Dammann. In her prophetic 1938 address ‘Principles vs Prejudice’, she articulated a powerful call for a pragmatic ethic that distinguishes the college to this day. I see this distinctive legacy as both an obligation and an opportunity for Manhattanville to reaffirm its position of leadership during the next decade.”

Marcia Pearce Dewitt, chair of the search committee and vice chair of the board of trustees, said: “The board and the search committee are strongly united that we’ve found in Dr. Geisler a most inspirational, thoughtful and collaborative leader who comes with strong academic credentials, entrepreneurial and fiscal sensibilities, new business development and fundraising expertise. Geisler is clearly a person of vision who embodies the qualities and talents we seek in our next president.”

Geisler received the German Abitur, the Staatsexamen from the University of Mannheim (equivalent to a master's degree) in English and German, and a Ph.D. in German literature from the University of Pittsburgh.

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