Dr. Stanley G. Cohen has served as the College’s distinguished President since the College was chartered by the State of New York in 1972. One of the nation’s longest serving college presidents, Dr. Cohen has been the major force behind the College’s remarkable growth from a small commuter school to a major undergraduate and graduate institution with more than 1,200 students, 125 faculty, 13 degree offerings (including a doctorate in the musical arts) and more than 360 different course offerings.
Dr. Cohen’s entire career has been devoted to improving instruction and learning at all levels of the American educational system, not just at the College. His love of music, passion for the performance arts, knowledge of business, and dedication to quality education have combined to make him a major force on Long Island in music and the performance arts, as evidenced in part by his founding of the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center.
Dr. Cohen received his Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) and his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) from New York University in Music Education. He obtained his Master of Arts (M.A.) degree from Queens College.
A former music teacher at the James Madison, Francis Lewis, and John Bowne High Schools in Queens, he was instrumental in establishing music programs at the latter two schools. He also served as an Associate Professor of Music at Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York, an Assistant Examiner for the NYC Board of Examiners for prospective music teachers, and the Director of the Lincoln Center Performances for the NYC School Study and Concert Group.
The President is an accomplished saxophonist, clarinetist, and flutist with impressive talents as well on the trumpet and piano. Dr. Cohen’s musical accomplishments are evident in his past participation in major orchestras in the Club Date Field in the New York City metropolitan area. He still relishes playing — and singing — actively at selected College events.
Dr. Cohen is a trustee of the Long Island Regional Advisory Council on Higher Education (LIRACHE), a member of the National Association of Jazz Educators (NAJE), a member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), a member of the American Federation of Musicians, and a member of numerous other organizations.