Dr. Kimberly R. Cline became the 10th President of Long Island University (LIU) in July 2013, assuming the leadership of one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive private universities. She oversees a 90-year old institution that encompasses multiple campuses, educates more than 20,000 students and offers over 500 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs and certificates.
In her three years as President, Dr. Cline has moved the University into the emerging field of engaged learning, which combines rigorous academic instruction with real-world training and entrepreneurship. The University has become a leader in providing real-life opportunities in the fields of technology, public relations, financial investing, and fashion merchandising. A growing number of LIU student-run businesses require students to execute business decisions directly impacting their successful entree into the workforce.
The University has experienced the strongest operating results in its history during Dr. Cline’s tenure. BothStandard and Poor’s and Moody’s upgraded their ratings on LIU’s outlook, citing improved operating margins and strengthened financial resources.
Laura L. Anglin, former President of the Commission of Independent Colleges and Universities, has cited Dr. Cline’s “passionate vision for higher education as an agent of economic mobility,” characterizing her as “a myth-buster who eloquently articulates how private colleges and universities serve a diverse population.”
Dr. Cline is a board member of the Center for Creative Leadership (the fourth largest global provider of executive education), the Long Island Association, the Northeast Athletic Conference, and the East Coast Athletic Conference Council of Presidents. She serves as Chair for the Commission of Independent Colleges and Universities, Co-chairs New York Campus Compact’s executive board, is College Chair of the Long Island Chapter of the New York Blood Center, and Secretary/Treasurer of the Long Island Regional Advisory Council on Higher Education.
She has participated in and presented at numerous national and regional conferences, including those of the National Science Foundation ADVANCE program, American Association of Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, American Council on Education, and the National Center for Study of Collective Bargaining for Higher Education Professions.
Prior to joining the University, Dr. Cline served as President of Mercy College, where she gained a reputation as an academic and institutional innovator, increasing the size and instructional quality of the college as well as tripling its endowment. Previously, she was Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer of the State University of New York, coordinating operations for all 64 campuses and serving as a senior officer responsible for SUNY’s $10 billion dollar budget.
Dr. Cline’s degrees include a Bachelor in Science in Industrial Relations, Master of Business Administration, Juris Doctor, and Doctor of Educational Administration.