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Richard A. Levao has served as President of Bloomfield College since June, 2003. Before coming to Bloomfield, he practiced law for 29 years and was a partner at the national law firm Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP.

Active in community affairs and New Jersey higher education, Levao has served 25 years as a member of the Rutgers University Board of Trustees and Board of Governors, including three years as Chair of the Board of Trustees (1991-1994) and two years as Chair of the Board of Governors (1998-2000). He has also served as an adjunct member of the faculties of The Cornell Law School, Rutgers University and Bloomfield College.

He currently serves as Chair of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, as Secretary of the New Jersey Presidents’ Council, and as a member of the Scholarship Selection Committee of the New Jersey Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. He has served on the New Jersey State Opera Board and the Mountainside Health Foundation Board. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and the Executive Committees of the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and the New Jersey Council on the Humanities, the state’s affiliate to the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Mr. Levao received an A.B. with High Distinction in Political Science from Rutgers College. He earned a Juris Doctor with Specialization in International Affairs from The Cornell Law School. In 2000, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Rutgers University for his professional achievements and for his outstanding service to the institution; in 2006, an honorary doctorate from Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, in Peru; in 2009, an honorary doctorate from Universitate Transilvania din Brasov, in Romania; and in 2011, an honorary doctorate from Jeonju University, in Korea.

As Vice President for Enrollment Management at Bloomfield College, Kevin Cavanagh oversees all functions related to admission, recruitment and marketing for Bloomfield College.

A leader in the admission industry at large, Cavanagh comes to the College with the experience of serving on the Executive Board of the New York Association of College Admissions Counseling. He has also served as an elected State Delegate representing New York at the National Assembly of the National Association of College Admissions Counseling.

Cavanagh has previously served as Senior Director of Enrollment Services and Student Information at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where he developed and executed a strategic plan for delivering enrollment services to meet the needs of the top-20 nationally ranked medical school.

Cavanagh was also Assistant Vice President for College Admissions at Iona College, where he was responsible for the enrollment of traditional undergraduates, evening and weekend adult students, transfers, and graduate students.

His higher education career started at Manhattan College, where he rose to the position of Director of Admissions and Financial Aid. He comes to Bloomfield College after most recently serving as Executive Vice President of Strategy and Planning at The College of New Rochelle.

In 2014, The Irish Echo recognized him for his contribution to the higher education industry by naming him to its list of 40 under 40.

Cavanagh holds a B.A. in history and an MBA with a concentration in management, both from Manhattan College. He is an inductee of Phi Beta Kappa.

As Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, Dr. Grimes oversees the operations of the Office of Academic Affairs, The Center for Innovation in teaching to Enhance Learning (CITEL), the Registrar and Advisement Office, the Library, The Center for Teaching and Learning with Technology and the academic divisions of the college. As chief academic officer, her areas of responsibility include overseeing all academic programs and policies associated with academic progress and standards as well as all matters associated with faculty work at Bloomfield College.

Before coming to Bloomfield, Dr. Grimes was an Associate Professor of Psychology at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. She served as Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Iona from 2007-2015. During her tenure, she acted as the institutional liaison to the New York State Department of Education and was a member of the school’s self-study working group for reaccreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. She also assisted with several areas of strategic planning, including assessment of student learning outcomes and the development of academic programs. She also served a brief stint as Acting Chair of the Psychology Department. Prior to Iona, Dr. Grimes served on the faculty of South Carolina State University from 1991 to 2000.

In addition to her academic work, Dr. Grimes has been heavily involved in professional work and community service. Grimes was a member of the Test Development Committee of the Advanced Placement Examination in Psychology from 2002-2006, and served on special committees of the American Psychological Association related to diversity in psychology textbooks and increasing the number of ethnic minority students pursuing graduate degrees in psychology. Over the years, she has been actively involved in community outreach through her work as ordained minister and Pastor, and through her sorority.

Dr. Grimes received the M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She received a master’s degree in psychology from The New School for Social Research, and the bachelor’s degree in Afro-American Studies and Psychology from Yale University.

As Vice President for Global Programs and Professional Studies since 1997, Peter Jeong oversees all aspects of Global Affairs and Professional Studies areas, including Global Partnerships, International Programs, International Students Recruitment Initiatives, Corporate Trainings, Continuing Education Programs, the American Language Center, and Advance Technology Institute.

He has been affiliated with Bloomfield College since 1989, when he held the position of Coordinator and Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems. As Computer Scientist, he has done extensive research and teaching in artificial intelligence, database management, operating systems, data communications and networks, and programming languages.

Since 2000, he has developed the College’s international programs in more than 30 countries like Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Romania, Peru, Vietnam, Thailand, Italy and Brazil through the office of International Training and Professional Studies. He has provided global education outreach to international students and educators in conjunction with more than 260 colleges, universities, and government agencies in more than 30 countries. Under his leadership, the College is currently offering a variety of programs, from International teacher training programs to advanced technology courses at U.S. corporations.

Peter Jeong received an M.A. in Linguistics and a M. Phil. in Computational Linguistics from New York University. He studied Artificial Intelligence – Natural Language Processing in the Ph.D. program at New York University. He completed the Management and Leadership Program in Higher Education at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. In 2005, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega in Peru; in 2005 was made an honorary professor at Richardo Palma University in Peru; in 2006 an honorary doctorate of philosophy from Mongolia International University in Mongolia; and in 2006 was made an honorary professor at Universitate Transilvania din Brasov in Romania.

He is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Mongolia International University, a member of the Board of Directors for several international corporations and non-profit organizations, and has served an educational advisor to the President of the Republic of Korea and to multiple Korean government agencies for the past 15 years.

Dr. Patrick Lamy grew up in Fordham, Bronx, New York, and has resided in Essex County, NJ since 1981. Dr. Lamy received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Biology from Caldwell College followed by a Master of Arts in Education and Human Services from Montclair State University and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Seton Hall University.

Over the past nineteen years at Bloomfield College, Dr. Lamy has held the following positions: Resident Director, Residence Life Coordinator, EOF Counselor/Tutorial Program Coordinator, Director of Residence Life, Assistant Dean, Associate Dean, Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Officer and most recently, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. What Dr. Lamy enjoys most about his employment at the College are his interactions with students, and the opportunities to collaborate with all sectors of the College Community to provide Bloomfield College students with an enriching and challenging educational experience.

Dr. Lamy is very active in the broader Essex County Community where he serves as mentor to several young men and women in high school and in college. He is a recognized member of Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities Professionals; American College Personnel Association; American Counseling Association; and the Association for the Study of Higher Education. He is a member of the Editorial Board for the Leadership Exchange Journal from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators; previous member of several conference planning committees for the American Association of Colleges and Universities and the New Jersey Association for Affirmative Action in Higher Education.

As Vice President for Finance and Administration, Bill McDonald provides the College with fiscal conservatism while exhibiting entrepreneurial skills in offering innovative and on-going financial creativity to improve the financial strength of the institution. He has made possible many enhancements to our campus, initiated changes in operation that resulted in cost reductions and, at the same time, improved services in vital areas of operation.

Since graduating from Bloomfield College in 1984, Mr. McDonald has developed a strong commitment to the institution along with integrity, honesty and experience. This has earned him the trust and respect from not only the College community, but the Township and other outside constituencies as well. His areas of responsibility include overseeing the Office of the Controller (operating budget, financial accounting and reporting, treasury operations, procurement, and adequacy of internal controls), Human Resources and Payroll, Student Financial Services and Student Accounts, Information Technology Services, and Facilities Management Services and Construction.

Mr. McDonald received his B.S. degree in Business Administration with Finance and Accounting Concentration from Bloomfield College, and received his Master’s degree in Management with an area of study in Human Resource Management from Thomas A. Edison State College.

As Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Nicole Quinn oversees all aspects of the College's Office of Institutional Advancement, including Donor Relations, Alumni Relations, the Bloomfield College Fund and College Communications.

Quinn has been at Bloomfield College since 2008 and has also served as the Director of Donor Relations and Campaign Manager and the Director of Donor Relations and Events during her tenure. She played an integral role in the Franklin Street Residence Hall initiative, the Capital Campaign and the Sesquicentennial celebration. A member of a number of committees, Quinn served on the Middle States Accreditation Committee.

Prior to Bloomfield, Quinn held two positions during her time at the University of Rochester, planning and executing donor related events and fundraising programs at the Board and Presidential level. During her five-year tenure at Paint the Town, a subsidiary of Global Events Worldwide, she held the position of Account Executive and Senior Account Executive culminating in a two-year stint as Vice President, Corporate/Non Profit working with clients to include Moody’s Investors Services, HBO, Stryker, the Footlocker Foundation, Global Green USA, and the New York Auto Show among others.

A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Quinn is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is the Board President of the Julia A. Traphagen School and resides in Waldwick, NJ with her husband Steve, son Christopher and daughter Sophie.