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    Mercy College and The College of New Rochelle Finalize Agreement

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The College of New Rochelle And Mercy College Finalize Agreement To Provide Seamless Path To Education


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March 5, 2019



Dear Mercy College Community,

On Monday, February 25th, we announced Mercy College and The College of New Rochelle (CNR) were close to an agreement that would enable CNR students to continue their education uninterrupted at Mercy College.  Today, I’m proud to announce that agreement has been finalized, and I’m pleased to welcome CNR students to our Mercy College community.  To read the complete press release click here.

Through this agreement, Mercy College has taken over the responsibility of serving CNR students so that they are able to continue their education uninterrupted and graduate on time. More than providing them a new educational home, the finalized agreement has been carefully considered and implemented over many months to go above and beyond to create a seamless pathway for CNR students to join the Mercy College community with minimal disruption to their academic careers. Our recent academic growth and strong financial profile make this rare opportunity possible, and the long-term impact will be a stronger Mercy College.

Over the next few weeks, we will be hoping to hire many of CNR’s esteemed faculty as well as trying to lease space on their campus in New Rochelle, Brooklyn and Manhattan. We are also seeking approvals to offer expanded programming that was offered at CNR, which would then be available to current Mercy College students. I hope that you will view this decision as I do – one that will strengthen and empower Mercy College to grow and thrive.

While this is a difficult time for the CNR community, we are dedicated to keeping the legacy of CNR alive at our institution and ensuring this transition works to the benefit of all students studying at Mercy College. I’m proud that our two institutions were able to come together on an agreement that I believe will strengthen Mercy College and create an uninterrupted path to continuing education for CNR’s students. Please join me in welcoming them to the Mercy family.



Tim Hall Signature

Tim Hall


President Hall on the Mercy-CNR Agreement

President Hall's address to the Mercy College and College of New Rochelle communities, on the new agreement between the two institutions.


Mercy Seal


February 25, 2019


Dear Mercy College Community,

On Friday, February 22, 2019, the College of New Rochelle (CNR) made an announcement that it has continued to experience significant cash flow challenges since a 2016 financial crisis hit the college, and that it appears unlikely that CNR will be able to continue operations beyond the end of the summer 2019 semester.  In its announcement, CNR indicated that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed with another institution.  I’m writing to inform you that Mercy College is the institution to which CNR refers. 

Both colleges had hoped to have an agreement finalized before making a formal announcement.  However, CNR felt it needed to inform its bond holders of its current financial situation immediately, and—at the same time—make its community aware of matters.  Since the boards of both institutions have not yet approved a definitive agreement, it is premature for me to speak with you about specifics of our plans with CNR.  Nevertheless, I want to convey to you now at least some of the context of the CNR announcement.

Mercy and CNR share similar heritages and missions and have substantially similar course offerings.  Consequently, Mercy is uniquely positioned financially and academically to offer current CNR students uninterrupted pathways to continue the education they sought at CNR.  Mercy is actively working with the regulatory agencies seeking the needed approvals to continue offering all the programs necessary for CNR students to press forward to graduation, and to provide a path forward at Mercy for prospective CNR students.  To help minimize disruption to the CNR students, Mercy expects to be able to offer employment to some CNR faculty and staff and is exploring the possibility of leasing some of the CNR New Rochelle campus and other CNR locations for a period of time. 

This is a difficult time for the CNR community, but Mercy is committed to helping CNR’s students along their educational journeys and to helping preserve the history and legacy of CNR into the future.  I promise in the upcoming weeks to provide additional information through updates and town halls so that you can be part of the effort to welcome the members of the CNR family into the Mercy family.  Thank you for your patience and goodwill as we work through the myriad of details ahead of us.




Tim Hall Signature

Tim Hall



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February 26, 2019

Dear CNR Students, 

By now you have heard the news that The College of New Rochelle (CNR) and Mercy College are working together to ensure that you have an uninterrupted pathway to continue your education at Mercy. As President of Mercy College, it is my honor to let you know how pleased we are to be working with you to help you achieve your personal educational goals and career aspirations. 

While an agreement between our two colleges is expected to be finalized very soon, both President Latimer and I wanted you to know how committed we are focusing on your needs as you continue your college journey. Although we don’t have all the answers right now, I promise you that in the weeks ahead, your questions will be answered. The Mercy and CNR teams have been working hard so that you can remain focused on your academic and student life, while we work out the details of this agreement. We look forward to introducing you to all that this new partnership has to offer.

Mercy and CNR share a similar heritage and mission and we fully intend to honor, preserve and celebrate CNR’s history and legacy through your alumnae/i and community. In addition, to help maintain education continuity, Mercy expects to offer employment to some CNR faculty and staff and we are looking at leasing some of the CNR campus locations as well.

Our goal is to create for each of you a seamless path to continuing your studies with as little disruption as possible. The Mercy family is looking forward to welcoming you. We will plan events to ensure that each of you receives the information that you need to continue seamlessly. As a Mercy student, you will have access to our nationally recognized personal mentorship program, PACT, that will help guide you through your college career. You will learn more about this shortly.

A first forum for students took place at the New Rochelle campus today and I enjoyed speaking to all of you who were able to attend. We will schedule others over the coming weeks. I am delighted to meet as many of you as I possibly can. Thank you for welcoming us to your campuses. We, at Mercy College, look forward to becoming part of your personal success story.


Tim Hall Signature

Timothy L. Hall

Two institutions, one guiding principle

President Hall's address to the Mercy and CNR college communities: our two institutions have one guiding principle.