CUNY Names Deans of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism and Macaulay Honors College

June 27, 2022

Extensive Searches Yield Visionary Leaders who are Already Dynamic and Highly Accomplished CUNY Educators

Brings to 14 the Number of Permanent Leaders Appointed Under Tenure of Chancellor Matos Rodríguez

Also Taps Longtime IT Chief from the NYC Department of Finance to Serve as New CIO

The City University of New York Board of Trustees today appointed two dynamic and innovative CUNY educators to be the new deans of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism and Macaulay Honors College, concluding extensive national searches. The board also approved the appointment of a top New York City information technology official as the University’s chief information technology officer.

Graciela Mochkofsky, who has played a key role in advancing the CUNY School of Journalism’s mission of training new journalists from diverse backgrounds for careers in a rapidly changing media world, will become the school’s third dean. Dr. Dara N. Byrne, an associate provost at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, will be the fourth dean of CUNY’s selective Macaulay Honors College, which has grown to become one of the top-ranked public honors colleges in the country since its establishment in 2001. Byrne has a long association with Macaulay and previously directed its affiliation with John Jay. Both appointments are effective August 1.

The University’s new vice chancellor for information technology and chief information officer will be Eusebio Formoso, who has been the chief information officer of the New York City Department of Finance since 2015. His appointment is effective today.

“Professors Mochkofsky and Byrne, CUNY’s own, have outstanding records of accomplishment and a demonstrated commitment to providing a first-class CUNY education to all students,” said Chairperson William C. Thompson Jr. “The Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism and Macaulay Honors College will be well served by these two impressive leaders.”

“Graciela Mochkofsky and Dara Byrne represent the best of CUNY’s new generation of academic leaders,” said Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez. “With their talent, passion and vision, they will ensure that two of the gems of our University will continue to serve their students and the city at the highest levels and to blaze trails to the future. In Eusebio Formoso, we are gaining a chief information officer who brings the deep expertise that an institution as large as CUNY needs to navigate the increasingly complex terrain of IT and cybersecurity.”


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