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February 16, 2005


NEW YORK, February 16, 2005 – Dr. Gregory H. Williams, President of The City College of New York (CCNY), today announced four appointments to the college’s senior administrative staff.  Appointments announced today are:

·        Paul F. Occhiogrosso, Dean of Faculty and Staff Relations and Counsel to the President

·        Dr. Maureen Powers, Vice President for Student Affairs

·        Mary Lou Edmondson, Vice President of Communications and Marketing

·        Daniel L. Creange, Acting Vice President for Finance and Budget

“At a time when The City College is embarking upon a period of exciting growth, we are fortunate that these talented and time-tested executives will play key roles in shaping our future,” Dr. Williams said in making the announcement. “Their leadership will strengthen The City College’s role as a model in urban public higher education.”

Mr. Occhiogrosso joins CCNY following 10 years in the General Counsel’s Office at CUNY.  He has worked on a full range of complex matters, including representing the University and its Colleges in labor arbitrations, and before federal, state, and local agencies in employment and other matters.  He has also worked on litigation matters ranging from employment discrimination to challenges to University-wide policies adopted by the Board of Trustees. 

A graduate of Columbia Law School, Mr. Occhiogrosso also did graduate work at New York University in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Literatures.  Before joining CUNY, he worked for several years as an attorney in the private sector.

Dr. Powers joined The City College from the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) in Chicago, where she managed the study abroad programs for 150 U.S. colleges and universities and placed 4,000 students annually at 24 sites worldwide.  There, Dr. Powers developed a student-centered approach to delivery of services to students abroad and worked extensively with academic staff, academic deans and recruiting staff. 

Prior to that, she served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Saint Leo University, Dean of Students at Stephens College and Dean of Students at Emmanuel College.  She has an M.A. in Urban Affairs from Saint Louis University and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Indiana University. 

Ms. Edmondson joined The City College in 1999 as Assistant Vice President of Communications.  Her many accomplishments here include the creation of the first coordinated advertising campaign for students and the new CCNY image-building campaign.  She has also been instrumental in upgrading the college’s web site and bringing prominent speakers from government to the campus, including former President Bill Clinton.  In her new position, Ms. Edmondson will report directly to President Williams and have overall management of internal and external communications, including the college web site, media outreach, speech writing and oversight of all major college publications. 

Her background includes work as a media and communications consultant for several high-profile academic and not-for-profit clients and 26 years of experience with the U.S. Information Agency in a variety of roles including Director of the New York Foreign Press Center, Program Coordinator and Assistant Cultural Attaché at the American Embassy in Tunisia.  She is a graduate of Colorado Women’s College.

Mr. Creange serves as the College’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO).  His duties include the development, implementation and direction of the financial policies of the College and providing leadership, vision and administrative oversight for business and accounting, trusts and investments, and college organization.  He had been Special Consultant to Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Lois Cronholm since 2001 and continues to report to her.

Prior to coming to CCNY, Mr. Creange spent over 30 years at Baruch College, holding numerous positions including Controller, Director of Budget and Financial Planning, Treasurer, Assistant Vice President, Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer.  He holds an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Baruch College and an M.B.A. in Taxation from Seton Hall University.