Whoever said April is the cruelest month hadn’t heard about the April that College of New Rochelle President Judith Huntington is having this year.
Just this month, she has been inducted into the Business Council of Westchester’s Business Hall of Fame and appointed to the board of directors of Signature Bank and to the Board of Trustees and executive committee of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities for 2013-2014.
Below is the text of the college’s announcement.
(First, in case you were wondering who did call April the cruelest month, it was T.S. Eliot in “The Waste Land.” But I digress.)
President of The College of New Rochelle, Recognized by
Business & State Organizations
Huntington Honored with Business Council’s Women in Business Award; Appointed to Boards for Signature Bank and Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (April 2013) — April has been quite a month for Judith Huntington, President of The College of New Rochelle, who was recently honored by Westchester’s leading business organization and was appointed to two prestigious boards.
On April 18, Ms. Huntington was inducted into The Business Council of Westchester’s Business Hall of Fame. She received the “Women in Business Award” at the Business Council’s annual awards event that was attended by more than 600 business people at the Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle.
Also this month, Ms. Huntington was appointed to the Board of Directors of Signature Bank (NASDAQ: SBNY), a full-service commercial bank with 26 private client offices in New York City, Long Island and Westchester County (New Rochelle and White Plains). Its network of private client banking teams meet the needs of privately owned businesses, their owners and senior managers. Signature is ranked third on Forbes’ list of the Best Banks in America.
In addition to these honors, Ms. Huntington was also appointed to the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) for 2013-2014. CICU’s mission is to develop consensus among its 100+ member campuses and to advance higher education public policy at the state and federal level. It is the formal organizational liaison with the New York State Board of Regents, the state’s Commissioner of Education, the chancellors of the State University and City University and with the proprietary sector.
“I was humbled and pleased to be named the winner of the Women in Business Award by the Business Council of Westchester,” said Ms. Huntington “And, I am truly pleased to join the Board of Directors of Signature Bank, a first-class financial institution with stellar financial growth and a strong commitment to its distinctive relationship-based banking discipline, as well as the Board of Trustees of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, which has a great impact on improving higher education policy and practice.”
Ms. Huntington, named President of The College of New Rochelle in 2011, has more than 25 years of experience in the financial arena. A certified public accountant, she joined The College of New Rochelle as Vice President for Financial Affairs in 2001, taking full responsibility for all fiscal issues involving the College. During her tenure, Ms. Huntington has amassed an impressive list of accomplishments which include overseeing the construction and financing of the College’s $28 million, LEED-rated Wellness Center and improving the College’s financial strength through conservative spending, prudent financial management and investment practices.
She worked for 15 years with the accounting firm KPMG LLP serving as audit senior manager in KPMG’s New York higher education practice and in the firm’s banking and SEC practice. She was also selected to serve on a sponsored internship/fellowship at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) in Norwalk, CT, spending two years working to develop accounting standards.
Ms. Huntington is a member of the Board of Directors of the Westchester County Association and serves on the Lower Hudson Valley Catholic Consortium. She received the Apex Advocacy Award from the Westchester County Association for her participation on the Association’s Property Tax Alliance.
She holds a bachelor of business administration (magna cum laude) degree from Pace University. In addition, she participated in the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Seminar for New Presidents. She and her family are residents of New Milford, CT.
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The first Catholic college for women in New York State, The College of New Rochelle was founded in 1904 by the Ursuline Order. Today, it comprises the all-women School of Arts & Sciences, and three schools which admit women and men: the School of New Resources (for adult learners), the School of Nursing and the Graduate School. The main campus of the College is located in lower Westchester County, 16 miles north of New York City. The College maintains five other campus locations in New York City. Visit the College’s website at www.cnr.edu.