New York Medical College

2006 press releases

Msgr. Barrett steps down after 14 years as president and CEO


Valhalla, N.Y., September 19, 2006 - His Eminence, Cardinal Edward Egan, has appointed Rev. Msgr. Harry C. Barrett, D.Min., M.P.H., pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Monroe, New York. Cardinal Egan remarked: “Monsignor Harry Barrett is one of the most respected priests of the Archdiocese of New York. We are all grateful for the outstanding work he has done as president and chief executive officer of New York Medical College, where he has combined administrative expertise with a genuine pastoral concern for everyone he has encountered. Monsignor will now be able to use these gifts as pastor of the parish of Sacred Heart in Monroe.” Msgr. Barrett will assume his new role on October 1.

Msgr. Barrett has been president and CEO of New York Medical College since 1992. During his tenure as president, the College has made remarkable strides. The university received accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education as a health sciences university. The School of Medicine has been continually accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. This year’s entering medical students are highly qualified graduates of 93 colleges and universities from across the country. Under Msgr. Barrett’s leadership the College’s research programs have doubled over the last ten years. A new 56,000 square foot medical education building opened in 2001, and in 2003 the new School of Public Health received initial accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health. All of this has been accomplished during difficult times for academic medicine. On receiving news of Msgr. Barrett’s new assignment, Ronald F. Poe, chairman of the College’s Board of Trustees, remarked: “It has been a pleasure working with Msgr. Barrett and observing his leadership in building one of the finest health sciences universities in the country. My fellow trustees join me in wishing him well in his new responsibilities.”

Ralph A. O’Connell, M.D., provost and dean of the School of Medicine, has been appointed acting president, effective October 1.