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President Carries Out New Rochelle College Values

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - When she began her term as the College of New Rochelle’s first lay woman president this past July, Judy Huntington had an agenda. Taking programming into the 21st Century was par for the course, but so was another big project she feels just as important to the future: maintaining the college's values while staying true to a few of her own.

Smart spending, community focus and education are some items on the to-do list of the recently-inaugurated 13th president of the college. Huntington is no stranger to leadership. Before she officially began her term this summer, she spent last year transitioning with then-president Stephen Sweeny. Previously, she spent nine years proving her ability to carefully balance CNR's checkbook as its vice president of financial affairs.

After the economy’s collapse in 2008, a campus-wide salary freeze was implemented to avoid staff cuts.

“We didn’t lay off a single person—that’s who we are,” Huntington said. “Our priority is to the community.”

Then two years ago, she further built her reputation by overseeing the construction and financing of the college’s $28 million Wellness Center.

“I grew up in a family where both parents were absolutely committed to the philosophy: ‘Don’t spend what you don’t have,’” said Huntington.

Conservative spending isn’t the only value Huntington has in common with the College of New Rochelle. As a former audit senior manager for the accounting firm KPMG LLP, she wants her students to understand female-centered leadership by studying fields like Women’s Studies.

Of her own experience balancing family with a career, she added, “I was committed to doing both. I was able to write my own proposal for work and balance my family arrangement.”

One way she will take CNR into the future is through classes she calls “hybrids.” An example of this is the Graduate School’s Psychodiagnostics and Reporting. Students meet every week for two hours in person but are also required to spend 30 minutes per week online completing activities like a Connection Blog, a Report Form and a Discussion Form. She said similar tasks are also found in the institution’s School of Nursing.

When she isn't working, Huntington splits her time between the president's residence in Pelham and her home in New Milford, CT with her husband Brad. They have a daughter Amanda, who is a junior at Sacred Heart University, majoring in graphic arts, and Bradley Jr., a senior at Kennedy Catholic High School in Somers, NY.

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