Seamus Carey
President, Iona College
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A nationally recognized visionary, author and leader in Higher Education, Dr. Seamus Carey, serves as the ninth president of Iona College in New Rochelle, NY.

Dr. Carey joined Iona in July 2019 following a transformative presidency at Transylvania University in Kentucky, where he has been credited with leading diversity and inclusion efforts; establishing fiscal stability and growth; implementing strategies that increased enrollment, retention and graduation rates; and developing a mentorship program connecting students with alumni and the local business community, forging strong ties and creating career opportunities for students.

Prior to serving as President at Transylvania, Dr. Carey held leadership and faculty positions at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut and Manhattan College in New York.  His scholarly pursuits have focused on the intersection of philosophy, parenting and family life, and include the authorship of several books: “Growing Up with Your Children: 7 Turning Points in the Lives of Parents”, “The Faithful Parent: Discovering the Spirit of Purposeful Parenting” and “The Whole Child: Restoring Wonder to the Art of Parenting”.

A Bronx native and first-generation college student with a deep commitment to Catholic education and the liberal arts, Carey earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy and a Master of Arts from Fordham University, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Vassar College.

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