President’s Advisory Council

The purpose of the Council is to provide feedback, advice, and direction on key strategic initiatives impacting the University.

Members are recommended for their expertise, experience and engagement as key opinion leaders in their industry or community leadership roles. Interests and knowledge about issues in higher education is also considered. The maximum Council membership is 25 members.

Members serve a rotating three-year term and may be appointed at any time during the year. The Council is convened twice yearly and meets either in Manhattan or Garden City. Meetings are held in the Fall and Spring academic semesters. The three-year term is a calendar term, not dependent on how many meetings members attend.

Council Member Responsibilities

  • Offer advice based on professional knowledge and leadership experience
  • Attend signature University events
  • Support the University in recommending prospective students
  • Leverage corporate relationships for possible partnership opportunities
  • Provide career service advice and mentoring to current students
  • Identify internship opportunities for current students
  • Support the University through philanthropy and service

Class of 2016-2019

Black, LeeAnn Canavan ’83
Chief Operating Officer
Latham & Watkins LLP

Melendez, Norma ’76
Principal Court Attorney
New York State, Appellate Division First Dept.

Rosenthal, Jeffrey ’83
CPA, Partner
Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP

Siegel, Esther ’69 
Dr. Esther Siegel

Weiner, Audrey ’73
Retired, President and CEO
The New Jewish Home

Wolfe, Steven ’59
Eaton & Van Winkle LLP

Class of 2017-2020

Barber, Lynn ’79
Retired, Chief Administrative Officer
Douglas Elliman

Gupta, Suhit ’00
Chief Information Officer, Solutions
The Carlyle Group

Minnis, Curtis ’77
Managing Director
FedEx Worldwide Services

Petry, Kim ’91
President and CFO
Be Balanced

Class of 2018-2021

Jones, Steve ‘89
Vice President and General Manager
ABC Radio


Quarshie, Irene ’98
Vice President, Product Quality & Responsible Sourcing     
Target Corporation


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