The College Welcomes New Trustees

The Board of Trustees of Dominican College is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members. They are: Dr. Bernadette M. Kappen, ‘70, Executive Director of The New York Institute for Special Education; Mr. Michael C. Perry, Executive Director of The Investment Casting Institute; and Dr. Erinmarie Sullivan, ‘94, Director of the Hospitalist Group at Lenox Hill Hospital.

Bernadette Kappen, Ph.D., holds a Doctorate in Special Education Administration from Gallaudet University, a Master’s degree in Special Education with a specialization in teaching students who are deaf/blind from Boston College, and a Bachelor’s degree in English/Elementary Education from Dominican College.

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Michael Perry holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from William Paterson College and an Associate’s degree in Accounting and Economics from Bergen Community College.

Erinmarie Sullivan, MD, FACP, holds an MD from Saint George’s University, an MBA/Physician Executive degree from University of Tennessee, a Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College of Columbia University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Dominican College.

Dominican College President, Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P. praised the new members, as well as the entire board. “We are truly excited to welcome these new trustees. Our board members comprise a dynamic group of effective and visionary leaders, and we are blessed by their ongoing support and encouragement.” said O’Brien.

Teacher Education Earns Highest National Accreditation

On Friday, October 4 the Teacher Accreditation Council announced that the College’s Undergraduate and Graduate Teacher Education Programs have earned accreditation for 7 years, the highest granted to education programs. Both programs received “Above Standard” ratings in the Council’s three primary assessment areas.

In 2006, both programs earned the highest national accreditation as well, placing the College’s program among an elite group of teacher education programs nationally.

Dominican College Announces Online Criminal Justice Program

The College is pleased to announce the launch of the online Criminal Justice Program. The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Legal Studies is specifically designed to provide students with an understanding of legal considerations within the three areas of the criminal justice system: police, courts, and corrections.

The criminal justice major offers a variety of courses pertaining to the essential elements of criminal justice as well as a thorough comprehension of relevant theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches used to explore criminal behavior and its various permutations. The online criminal justice program was developed utilizing the same philosophy, principles, and goals that have governed the existing traditional program since its inception in 2008: provide students with the tools they need to understand the complexity of the criminal justice system while promoting personal growth and concrete skills. The program offers students an engaging online experience with all of the support and personal attention that Dominican College is known for.

The program requires 51 credits in the criminal justice core and additional general education credits, all of which are completed with eight-week sessions. A final capstone course is completed in the final semester in which the student demonstrates their knowledge and competence in the discipline of criminal justice by preparing, presenting and submitting a research project on a self-selected, instructor-approved topic central to the field.

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Health Care Management Concentration Introduced

Dominican College is pleased to announce the Advanced Certificate in Health Care Management. This program provides graduate level classes for healthcare professionals and qualified managers who wish to enhance their knowledge of the complex and rapidly shifting health care sector. In a combined evening and online format designed specifically for working adults, students can quickly enter or advance a career in health care management.

The 15 credit Advanced Certificate can be completed in as few as 10 months and will focus on building the knowledge and skills that will have an immediate impact on work performance. Upon completion of the health care credits, participants may seamlessly transition to Dominican College’s MBA program with a Health Care Management concentration, which can be can be completed in as little as 24 months.

In keeping with Dominican College’s focus on small classes and one-on-one relationships, the on campus components provide students with personalized attention and interaction while the online components allow students to work at their own pace, on their own schedule. The College maintains a strong connection to the health care community through its allied health programs, enabling students to interact with noted professionals. Building on the importance of relationship, the director of the program serves as the academic advisor to all enrolled and prospective students.

For additional information about the program or to begin an application please visit, call (845) 848-7908, or email

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Vanderhoef Joins Palisades Institute

The Board of Advisers of the Palisades Institute of Dominican College is pleased to announce that former County Executive, C. Scott Vanderhoef, will join the board as a Co-Chair alongside founding Chair, James E. Hennessy.

“We are pleased to welcome Scott to the board of advisors,” stated Vincent Frankel, Executive Director of the Palisades Institute. “His extensive background, including strong executive experience in community building, will be a terrific resource as we support the organizations in Rockland County and the surrounding region in achieving long term success.”

Vanderhoef is an attorney specializing in Environmental Law. Connected to the people of Rockland County as a native, a public servant, and a volunteer, he served as Rockland’s County Executive from 1994 to 2013. In that role, Mr. Vanderhoef built on his deep connection to the County and its people. He used his knowledge of the environment to create the Open Space Preservation Program which led to the creation of four new parks including Haverstraw Bay County Park. He also worked with communities to plan for well-reasoned land use, commissioned the first new comprehensive master plan in more than 25 years, and supported the rehabilitation of many of Rockland’s downtowns. Along with Legislator Harriet Cornell and a young group of community leaders, Vanderhoef supported the establishment of the first countywide “Schools of the 21st Century Collaborative for Children and Youth” in the nation. He was instrumental in the founding of Leadership Rockland and his service to other community organizations has been prolific.

Mr. Vanderhoef has earned degrees in history, education, and law. He has published scholarly articles on environmental and land planning issues and has taught an environmental law course at St. Thomas Aquinas College. He has also taught as a guest lecturer at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Vanderhoef received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Dominican College in 1995 and a Doctor of Humane Letters from St. Thomas Aquinas College in 1999.

The Palisades Institute was created in 1990 as part of Dominican College of Blauvelt, New York to serve for-profit, government, and not-for-profit organizations in Rockland and Orange counties in New York, Bergen and Passaic counties in New Jersey, and other nearby areas. The aim of the Institute is to assist leaders to advance their organizations in achieving greater long-term success by providing them with professional development and information on the subject of Leadership, Quality, and Ethics – especially the integration of those concepts. The Palisades Institute offers seminars and workshops which address issues related to the integration of the principles from a variety of perspectives.