Ernie Fazio Interviewed Dr. Henry C. Foley on the Latest Happenings and the Future Goals for the New York Institute of Technology at LIMBA
Dr. Henry C. Foley (second from right), President, New York Institute of Technology, was the guest speaker at the LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) meeting on October 20 at the Courtyard Marriott in Ronkonkoma. Also pictured (left to right): Ken Nevor, Member, LIMBA; Ernie Fazio, Chairman, LIMBA; and Bill Miller, Treasurer, LIMBA.
On October 20, Ernie Fazio, Chairman, Long Island Metro Business Action (LIMBA), interviewed Dr. Henry C. Foley, President, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), during the LIMBA meeting at the Courtyard Marriott in Ronkonkoma about the university’s successes, its challenges and where he wants to lead NYIT in the future.
Dr. Foley explained that the major challenge facing NYIT is insufficient recognition of it being one the best higher learning institutions on Long Island. What people may not know, according to Dr. Foley, is that 95% of all NYIT graduates have a position in their field of choice within six months after graduation (up from 93% two years ago), most of these students remain in the region and that the number of students from the metropolitan New York area attending NYIT has also increased over the past few years.
When asked what he hopes to accomplish as NYIT’s president, Dr. Foley said he wants to improve upon the university’s name recognition and its record of successes, to increase student enrollment and to recruit an even more talented roster of faculty members, particularly to do research and especially with highly talented undergraduates. Dr. Foley would like to see a high percentage of NYIT undergraduates engaged in research and, in many cases, from their first year onward. Doing this will give them a huge head start on their professional careers. He also said he values the entrepreneur and is looking to connect NYIT with small business, which he said is an economic engine for New York City, Long Island and the country. He touted the university’s core areas — architecture, health sciences, nanotechnology, computer science and medicine — as being very relevant to business and said he is seeking to foster relationships with small enterprises because he believes to do so is not just good for the institution, it is good for the whole region that it serves.
He was also asked if NYIT would go from being a commuter campus to a dormitory campus. He said that he is very proud of the school as it is, as a non-resident institution. Many of its current and former students chose to commute in order to work while going to school, to hold down their costs and to remain closely connected to their families and communities. This will likely continue to hold true for NYIT students into the future; in fact, he hopes that it does. Therefore, new building plans will first be made in new teaching and learning spaces and in laboratories for research.
The three-year plan for the school, according to Dr. Foley, includes a major new initiative to reconnect with its alumni and give them a greater sense of pride in having attended NYIT. He and the athletic director are looking carefully at athletics and NYIT’s varsity-level sports as a means tobringing alumni and current students together with a renewed sense of pride in the school.
Dr. Foley is the fourth president since the university’s founding in 1956. He joined NYIT in June 2017 after serving as interim Chancellor of the University of Missouri-Columbia. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Providence College, a Master’s degree in Chemistry from Purdue University and a Doctorate in Physical and Inorganic Chemistry from Penn State University. He has also held faculty appointments in chemistry and chemical engineering at the University of Missouri, Penn State and the University of Delaware. Dr. Foley holds 16 patents, has written more than 150 refereed articles and a textbook and has mentored nearly 50 thesis students. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute for Chemical Engineers, the American Chemical Society’s Industrial Chemistry Division and the National Academy of Inventors.
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