Maria College and its Board of Trustees proudly announce the appointment of Lynn Ortale, Ph.D. as its sixth president to begin her role on July 1, 2022.
Dr. Ortale comes to Maria College with more than three decades of experience in higher education administration in the context of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. 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 is also an adjunct faculty in DeSales University’s higher education administration graduate program in Center Valley, Pennsylvania.
Maria College was recently awarded a $140,000 grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation to support and enhance its Accessibility Services Office which serves students with disabilities and learning differences. This news comes as the nation prepares to celebrate Disability Awareness month in March.
Maria College has been named a 2021-22 Catholic School Liturgy Awardee by the Catholic School Office and the Albany Diocesan School Board. The “Albany Diocesan School Board Community Partner Award” was bestowed upon Maria College for its “College in High School Experience” program with Bishop Maginn High School and Catholic Central High School.
Maria College has officially launched the search for its next president following the retirement announcement of current President Thomas J. Gamble, Ph.D., whose tenure at the College spanned six years. The College is working with national search firm, Academic Search, to find its next leader.
On January 5, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul announced during her first-ever State of the State address that New York would provide $10 billion to support the healthcare industry, including $4 billion to support wages and bonuses for workers in a health care sector. This news comes at a time when Maria College, long-known for its excellence in healthcare and nursing education in the Capital Region and beyond, has been ranked amongst the top schools by multiple national third-party sources.