President Kimberly R. Cline
Dr. Kimberly R. Cline became the 10th president of Long Island University (LIU) in July 2013 and assumed leadership of one of the largest and most comprehensive private universities in the country. Dr. Cline has led the nearly century old institution through a transformational process to provide students with an exceptional education that emphasizes experiential learning and excellence in teaching and research.
Dr. Cline’s tenure has seen dynamic new schools, centers, and career-ready programs launched at LIU to increase retention and graduation, attract high achieving applicants, and improve philanthropy, while exposing students to high-demand academic programs led by innovative leadership. Headlined by the School of Computer Science, Innovation and Management Engineering in the AACSB International-accredited LIU Post College of Management, LIU has opened the Global Institute, the Steven S. Hornstein Center for Polling, Analysis, and Policy, the Generations Institute, one of the first in the country aimed at studying Generation Z, and the T. Denny Sanford Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. These centers and programs complement new degree offerings in healthcare, education, and business. In addition, LIU is the first private college in the region to be selected to participate in the START-UP NY initiative, with a newly-renovated business incubator designated for use by fledgling high-tech businesses.
Dr. Cline has also spearheaded the establishment of the School of Arts and Communication at LIU Brooklyn, an exciting collaboration with RXR Realty selling rights that will allow historic investments in the LIU Brooklyn campus, and a groundbreaking partnership with Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment to restore the legendary Brooklyn Paramount Theatre at the campus. These initiatives reinforce LIU’s prominent role in the renaissance of Downtown Brooklyn, providing unique opportunities for the entire LIU community in all areas of study.
Dr. Cline is a board member of the Center for Creative Leadership, the Commission of Independent Colleges and Universities and the Long Island Association. She serves as college chair of the Long Island Chapter of the New York Blood Center. Along with a Bachelor in Science in Industrial Relations, Dr. Cline’s degrees include a Master of Business Administration, Juris Doctor, and Doctor of Educational Administration. She previously served as President of Mercy College and Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer of the State University of New York.