College president talks maintaining school success in pandemic

By: | August 10, 2021

James Lentini took over as president of Molloy College, in Rockville Centre, in June 2020 soon after Covid-19 hit. After serving as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at Oakland University from 2013-2020, he steered Molloy through the pandemic. An experienced educator and education administrator as well as a composer and guitarist, he talked with us about leading through the past year, the present and the future.

I was a provost before that, so I had a lot of leadership responsibility. As president, you’re the spokesman and leader of the institution. I had good preparation for this.

How’s enrollment been through the pandemic and how is it now?

Enrollment is roughly 4,800. We have an increase in freshmen students. It’s still some weeks to go until September. Our enrollment’s holding pretty good and steady. We have had a slight decrease during Covid. So did almost everyone else. Looks like this year we’re heading back to normal.

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