President's Biography

Portrait of Dr. Colette McCarrick GearyThe Board of Trustees of The College of St. Scholastica appointed Colette McCarrick Geary as the 12th President of the College on April 1, 2016. She began her term on July 1, 2016.

Dr. Geary comes to St. Scholastica from The College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, NY, a private Catholic college founded by Ursuline nuns in 1904.

She joined The College of New Rochelle in 2010 as Vice President for Student Services. In that role she supervised health services, counseling and career services, disability services, intercollegiate athletics and campus ministry. She emphasized student-centered redesigns of service models, including the Career Services Department, where student usage more than doubled in a single semester. Under her leadership, student experiential learning opportunities increased significantly, including service trips, internships and learning communities. From 2012-2014, she provided a key leadership role in the reorganization of admissions strategies for the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Nursing, and the Graduate School, and instituted a highly customized campus visit program. Dr. Geary also led a comprehensive strategic planning effort to guide the school's NCAA Division III athletics program to new heights of recruitment, awards and recognitions.

Starting in 2014, she served as The College of New Rochelle's Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives. She led implementation of a strategic plan working across six campuses and four schools to guarantee an integrated execution. She oversaw the Office of Mission and Ministry, which promoted mission-based commitments to liberal learning and expanding educational access to populations historically underserved by higher education. She also served as chairwoman of a committee that coordinated program and compliance logistics for two transformative federal grants collectively valued at $14 million over five years. The grants focused on developing innovations to improve educational outcomes and create an evidence base of effective practices. Dr. Geary was also responsible for the coordination of legal affairs at the College.

Earlier, Dr. Geary was Dean of Students at Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY. Over a 14-year span, she provided oversight to Student Life, Performing Arts, Residence Life, International Student Advisement, Counseling and Health Services. She was also a faculty member for more than a decade in the School of Education, teaching students in the master's degree program in counseling. She received the prestigious Junius Kellogg Award, which recognized her as a leader in the Manhattan College community, exemplifying integrity and serving as a role model for student athletes. Prior to that, she was in private practice as a clinical psychologist and served on staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Montrose, NY.

Her experience as a clinician, professor, dean, and vice president enables her to bring to the presidency considerable knowledge and a variety of skills in higher education.

Dr. Geary holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY, a B.S. in psychology from Manhattan College, and is completing an M.A. in theology at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN. She serves on the Board of Trustees of St. Catharine Academy, (Bronx, NY), a secondary school that emphasizes academic excellence, global responsibility, service to others, and women's leadership.

Dr. Geary is the first laywoman to lead St. Scholastica, and the first female president since Sister Joan Braun served as interim president from 1974 to 1975.

Dr. Geary and her husband, Michael, have three adult daughters: Brianna, Cailean and Mariah.