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President Charles L. Flynn, Jr. Named Top Bronx Influencer


Riverdale, N.Y. – College of Mount Saint Vincent president Charles L. Flynn, Jr. has been included in City & State New York’s list of the top 25 influencers in the Bronx. The media company, which exclusively covers New York government and politics, highlights leaders in the education, nonprofit, health, business, and tourism sectors from across the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island.

The 2017 Bronx Influentials list includes leaders from some of the state’s leading higher education institutions, business leaders who are revitalizing the Bronx, and advocates who are confronting issues like affordable housing and environmental justice. Dr. Flynn was recognized with the other honorees at a reception at the Bronx Museum of the Arts on Thursday, August 24. The event featured a keynote address by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.

Dr. Flynn became president of the College of Mount Saint Vincent in 2000. During his tenure, Mount Saint Vincent has grown from 925 to over 1,500 undergraduates while continuing to be dedicated to liberal education as the best preparation for professional and personal accomplishment. The College’s nationally recognized Oxley Career Education Program helps students recognize how their development of analytical skills, critical thinking, clear written and oral communication, and ethical thinking prepares them for the world of work and service. Through its School of Professional and Graduate Studies, the College offers adult students boutique degree programs for professional advancement in Business, Education, Nursing, and International Development and Service.

Founded in 1847, Mount Saint Vincent is an exceptional institution. By national measures, it is among the most inclusive colleges and universities in the United States, public or private. A recent study out of U.C. Berkeley, Stanford University, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury identified the Mount as third among 578 selective colleges and universities in the country for the upward mobility of its graduates. The College has also been celebrated as first in the United States for Hispanic students in STEM fields.

Dr. Flynn has been active in the state and nation on behalf of equitable, high-quality educational opportunities. The College was instrumental in the founding of the Charter High School for Law and Social Justice; he has been forceful in the preservation of federal financial assistance programs, opposing proposals from the federal government to “rate” colleges and universities, critical of the design of New York State’s Excelsior Scholarship program; and has been a strong advocate for high standards for teacher certification.

Dr. Flynn has served many community and professional organizations, including the Executive Committee of both the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and New York’s Council of Independent Colleges and Universities.

About the College of Mount Saint Vincent
Founded in 1847 by the Sisters of Charity, the College of Mount Saint Vincent offers nationally recognized liberal arts education and a select array of professional fields of study on a landmark campus overlooking the Hudson River. Committed to the education of the whole person, and enriched by the unparalleled cultural, educational, and career opportunities of New York City, the College equips students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary for lives of professional accomplishment, service, and leadership in the 21st century.