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Dr. Kimberly R. Cline

Kimberly R. Cline
Dr. Kimberly R. Cline became the 10th president of Long Island University on July 1, 2013.

Dr. Cline previously served as president of Mercy College, where she was the architect of a renaissance, instituting initiatives that increased the size and academic quality of the student body. During her five-year tenure as president, the College more than tripled its endowment, earned its first A credit rating from Standard and Poor’s and made the most significant investments in academics in its history. Under her leadership, Mercy launched a nationally recognized student retention program; developed new academic programs and centers in growing fields like entrepreneurship, strategic consulting, social justice and global engagement; enhanced technology training for faculty; and improved responsiveness to outcomes data.

Prior to assuming the presidency at Mercy, Dr. Cline served as vice chancellor and chief financial officer of the State University of New York. In this role, she was responsible for all of the system’s financial and administrative functions and oversaw SUNY's $10 billion budget, which supports 64 campuses throughout the state. During this time, Dr. Cline also served on the executive board of SUNY's Faculty Senate. She first joined the SUNY system as vice president, chief operating officer and chief of staff at SUNY at Maritime College, where she was instrumental in doubling enrollment and balancing a 20 percent deficit-spending budget.

Before joining SUNY, Dr. Cline served as vice president for finance and administration at Seton Hall University and as university attorney, assistant treasurer and assistant vice president for business affairs at Hofstra University. She also served as a faculty member, teaching business law at Hofstra’s School of Business.

Dr. Cline is a member of the executive board of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (cIcu), a statewide association for more than 100 private, not-for-profit New York State colleges and universities, and serves as chair of the organization’s Finance and Administration Committee. She also devotes her time and talents to the New York State Department of Education’s Advisory Committee on the Statewide Plan for Higher Education, the Center for Creative Leadership, the American Council on Education Women’s Network Executive Council, the East Coast Conference Presidents’ Council, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and A Better New York. In addition, she co-chairs New York Campus Compact’s executive board and chairs the Westchester County Association’s Higher Education Committee.

Dr. Cline has participated in and presented at numerous national and regional conferences including those of the National Science Foundation ADVANCE program, the Bronx Education Summit, the American Association of Colleges and Universities, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, the American Council on Education and the National Center for Study of Collective Bargaining for Higher Education Professions.

Dr. Cline earned a B.S. in industrial relations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and went on to complete a Master of Business Administration, a Juris Doctor and a Doctor of Educational Administration at Hofstra University.