Meet the New Latino President of Manhattanville College [Video] Part 1

Dr Frank Sanchez

Dave chats with Dr. Frank Sánchez, one of a few Latino college presidents, who also made a mark in sports

Editor’s note: This is part one of a two part video, Part 2 now available here.

I had a chance to speak with the new president of Manhattanville College, Dr. Frank Sanchez. Dr. Sánchez is the 15th president of the 182-year-old institution and its first Latino president.

As you may know, I have run the sport business management (masters degree program) for the last 17 years and our worlds combined with Dr. Sanchez in; Education, Sports, Manhattanville and Latin Business Today!

We discussed the intersection of sports, as he was a Division I wrestler, and his family has a great history in the sport (see the links below). It’s quite significant to me that Dr. Sanchez was a student-athlete at Nebraska, wrestling at  the major college level in a conference (BIG-10) that is known for wrestling excellence.

As a former student athlete, I feel he brought much to the table for all of the aspects that we discussed as well as his amazing feats in education as an individual, a college president and administrator. This leads us to believe that he is the perfect choice to help build Manhattanville into its next level of success. The college will go to university status in April of 2024 when Dr. Sanchez will be inaugurated.

Enjoy the video:

The Sánchez family is a family of wrestlers

Sánchez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, an M.S. degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Colorado State University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Indiana University, Bloomington. A proponent of civic engagement and community involvement, he served as a member of the United Way of Rhode Island Board of Directors, the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, the Providence Performing Arts Council, and the NCAA Division III Presidents’ Council.

Dr. Sánchez’s impressive track record as president of Rhode Island College (RIC), where he served from 2016 – 2022, included elevating the school’s “U.S. News and World Report” social mobility ranking to #2 among New England public institutions, dramatically growing student diversity, modernizing academic facilities, and significantly increasing fundraising, all of which aligns with strategic priorities at Manhattanville. Prior to RIC, Dr. Sánchez was Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s largest urban public university, with 25 colleges and graduate schools. At CUNY, he led the development and implementation of the first system-wide strategic plan for student affairs, supporting more than 500,000 students.

At CUNY, Sánchez created numerous workforce development initiatives with public, private, and non-profit entities; led the development of the nation’s largest military-friendly higher education system; established city-wide partnerships to support foster youth; and connected city, state, and federal resources to the most economically disadvantaged students.

During his presidency, the endowment at RIC grew from $28 to $42 million, and federal and state grants increased to $10.3 million annually. RIC has 7,000 students and an annual budget of $180 million.

Stay tuned for part two!

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