Dean John Mogulescu


Dean John Mogulescu

In 2003, Dean Mogulescu was appointed as the founding Dean of the CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS). Under his leadership, CUNY SPS has become one of the University’s fastest growing institutions, currently enrolling over 2,200 students in its degree programs and credit-bearing courses, and thousands more in its non-credit courses and programs. Created with the purpose of meeting the educational needs of working adults, organizations, and employers, CUNY SPS is home to the University’s first fully online degrees: bachelor's degrees in Business, Communication and Media, Disability Studies, Health Information Management, Information Systems, Nursing, Psychology, and Sociology, and master's degrees in Business Management and Leadership and Data Analytics. In addition, CUNY SPS offers groundbreaking in-person master’s degree programs in Applied Theatre, Disability Studies, and Labor Studies, as well as a number of professional certificate programs, such as those in Health Care Administration, Immigration Law, and Project Management, among many others.

In addition to his role at CUNY SPS, Dean Mogulescu also serves as the senior university dean for academic affairs at CUNY. His current responsibilities involve him in many different aspects of the University's academic life. He has for many years focused on issues related to the preparation of public school students for the demands of college-level learning and the challenges of college completion. In that regard, he is responsible for the oversight of collaborative programs between CUNY and the New York City Public Schools, CUNY Prep Transitional High School, the CUNY Language Immersion Program, CUNY Start, and the Adult Literacy and GED Preparation Programs. Dean Mogulescu also oversees the University's Workforce Development Initiative, special training initiatives for City and State workers, and programs for welfare recipients. He is responsible for Adult and Continuing Education at CUNY and its non-credit programs which serve over 200,000 students per year.

Throughout his 26 years in the Office of Academic Affairs, Dean Mogulescu has developed programs in cooperation with virtually every New York City government agency and with many state agencies as well. Since 2006, the programs that Dean Mogulescu oversees have generated more than $380 million in external grants and contracts. Dean Mogulescu is frequently called upon to spearhead special initiatives for the University. From 2007-2010, he led a university team in developing the model for CUNY’s seventh community college. He co-chairs Graduate NYC, a joint project of the Mayor's Office, the New York City Department of Education, and CUNY. The project's goal is to increase the number of high school graduates prepared to do college level work and by 2020 to double the number of CUNY graduates. Dean Mogulescu also oversees the highly successful Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP).

Prior to assuming his present position, Dean Mogulescu was the university dean for academic affairs and deputy to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, and he also has served as university dean for adult and continuing education and director of adult learning for CUNY. He earned a B.A. in psychology from Brown University, an M.S.W. from New York University, and attended the Institute for the Management of Lifelong Education at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

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