Dr. John Durney


Dr. John Durney

Biographical Sketch 2012

Dr. Durney serves as Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs at the College, and is a tenured Professor of Communications.  He holds a Bachelors degree from Manhattan College (NY), and a Master of Arts, a Master of Science in Education, and a Doctor of Education degree from Columbia University.  His previous positions in higher education include Senior Vice President, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Assistant to the President, Director of College and Community Relations, and Assistant Director of Admissions -- at St. Thomas, St. Francis College in Maine (now University of New England), and others.

As Provost since 2003, Dr. Durney coordinates all aspects of academic programs, curricular development, support services, faculty affairs, library services, registrar services, special programs, retention, institutional research and program development.  He oversees 150 full-time and adjunct faculty, 3 School Deans, 2 administrative Deans, 9 Directors and 55 professional and support staff.  He has taught Communication Arts on the college level since 1975, including courses on Media Law & Ethics, Introductory and Advanced Journalism, Writing For Public Relations and the Communication Arts Seminar for Communication Arts majors.  As Senior Vice President and VP of Institutional Advancement, he coordinated all aspects of St. Thomas’ external affairs, including advertising, alumni relations, annual giving, development, foundation relations, government relations, marketing, media and public relations, and planned giving.

Dr. Durney has had a wide variety of community service involvements.  In 1990, he assisted Scott Vanderhoef and Paul Janensch in designing a community leadership program, Leadership Rockland, and the accompanying curriculum which would serve as an engaging year-long, educational experience for aspiring leaders in Rockland County, NY.  The program has endured for 20+ years, and has successfully graduated hundreds of new “leaders” into the Rockland community who serve a wide range of civic and not-for-profit organizations and have contributed a wealth of support to Rockland’s overall well-being and quality of life!  As one of the founders of the Leadership Rockland program, he also served as Chairman (1994-96) and Director (1992-present).

Some of his other community involvements include service as Chairman (1998-1999) and Director (1990-2004) of the Rockland Business Association; Chairman (1999-2000) and Director (1992-2005) of the Arts Council of Rockland; and Director (2009-present) of ARC of Rockland.  Additional service has included commitments to the Rockland County Bicentennial Commission (1996-98), United Way of Rockland (1998-2000, 2008-2009), Boy Scouts of America, Rotary International, and several school district advisory boards.  He has been recognized for his community service with the RBA Pinnacle Award (2004), the St. Thomas Founders Award (2003), the Big Brothers Big Sisters Person of Distinction Award (2002), the Rockland County Distinguished Service Award (2002) as well as a variety of other recognitions, and has published and presented professionally around the country to various organizations.  He also has done pro bono consulting with a variety of not-for-profit organizations.






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