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Thursday, April 24, 2014
Rockville Centre Person of the Year 2011: Drew Bogner
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Courtesy Molloy College
Molloy College President Dr. Drew Bogner, right, showed Rockville Centre Mayor Fran Murray, left, and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos the college’s new Public Square, which includes the state-of-the art Madison Theatre.

Outside Molloy, he serves on a number of boards, including the Theodore Roosevelt Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Long Island Housing Partnership and the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation, a nonprofit charity for elementary schools in the Diocese of Rockville Centre. He is also a member of the NCAA Executive Committee, a special opportunity for him because he’s an avid college basketball fan. He and his family always try to see his favorite team, the Kansas Jayhawks, when they play nearby, Karen said.

Molloy officials credit Bogner with the addition of 12 undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as the college’s only Ph.D. program, in

nursing.

A large part of Bogner’s vision for the college was recently realized with the completion of the campus’s first residential hall and the new Public Square, which includes the Madison Theatre. He also oversaw the renovation of the science labs and the creation of Siena Hall. According to Henry, the Public Square is thought of by college officials as a way to get the “community engaged and onto campus.”

Bogner’s success can be attributed in large part to his ability to raise Molloy’s profile in the community. Under his leadership, it has conducted its most successful capital campaign ever, raising more than $20 million.

“He raised Molloy’s visibility, not only in the Long Island scene but with the Rockville Centre community,” said Jeff Greenfield, a Molloy trustee. “It’s no longer ‘Molloy who?’ He brought outstanding speakers onto the campus and let the campus be a forum for dialogues on the pressing issues.” In recent years, those speakers have included Hillary Clinton and Colin Powell.

To increase the college’s local presence, Bogner has worked closely with Rockville Centre’s superintendent of schools, Dr. William Johnson, on an internship program. He has also made sure that the athletic fields along Peninsula Boulevard, which the college has a stake in, are made available to the community.

“I’ve witnessed him take Molloy College from a small school to one with a national reputation, and I think it’s great for Rockville Centre,” said State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. “… [It’s] just been a great job by Drew and the team he’s brought

together.”

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