Macaulay Honors College at CUNY Names Mary C. Pearl Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer

New York, NY, May 15, 2012 — Dr. Ann Kirschner, University Dean of Macaulay Honors College at The City University of New York, has announced the appointment of Mary C. Pearl, Ph.D., as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer. Dr. Pearl, who joins Macaulay Honors College effective July 1, 2012, will also join Brooklyn College as Professor of Biology.

A conservationist, wildlife biologist and educator, Dr. Pearl served as the first Dean and Administrative Vice President of Stony Brook University Southampton, where she helped the university implement green majors and prepare students for environmentally sustainable careers. Prior to that, Dr. Pearl had a 15-year tenure as President of Wildlife Trust, a global organization dedicated to innovative conservation science.    Dr. Pearl also served as Chief Executive Officer of The Garrison Institute, an organization that promotes evidence-based contemplative and transformational approaches to social and environmental change and education.

“Mary is deeply committed to public higher education,” said Dr. Kirschner. “Her background as an applied scientist and focus on an interdisciplinary approach are certain to provide fresh insights as she works with the faculty and advisers across CUNY’s senior colleges to continually enrich our students’ academic and co-curricular experiences.”

“Macaulay’s position as CUNY’s flagship honors program for New York’s high-achieving students gives us the opportunity to rethink traditional structures and model innovation in post- secondary education,” said Dr. Pearl. “I’m thrilled to be joining the leadership team at Macaulay and look forward to creating more transformational educational experiences for our students.”

Dr. Pearl is an adjunct Senior Research Scientist at Columbia University’s Center for Environment, Economy, and Society. She is a member of the graduate faculty for the Design for Social Innovation masters program at the School for Visual Arts. She also currently serves as co- chair of the Expert Panel of the Sustainability Working Group, a statewide network of educators throughout New York’s public and private colleges and universities. She has written widely on the topic of conservation. Dr. Pearl received her undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Yale University and holds an honorary doctorate from Marist College.

About Macaulay Honors College

Macaulay Honors College offers exceptional students a uniquely personalized education, with access to the vast resources of the nation’s largest urban university and New York City itself. Selected for their top high school records and leadership potential, every Macaulay student receives a full in-state tuition scholarship, a laptop and technology support, and a $7,500 Opportunity Fund to pursue global learning and service opportunities. For more information, see

Gary Schwartz
Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

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