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Dr. James P. Lentini is flanked by current Molloy students as he unveils the new Molloy University logo. (Courtesy Molloy College)

The New York State Board of Regents has given its approval for Molloy College to become Molloy University starting June 1, the Rockville Centre educational institution announced Thursday.

The designation as a university will bring Molloy recognition as a “destination university” and bring wider attention to its array of undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. programs.

“We’ve had the academic scope and breadth of a university for years – this makes it official,” said Molloy President Dr. James P. Lentini. “Universities are typically defined by their post-graduate masters and doctoral programs, which we already have, as well as a commitment to serve a unique mission, which we have done since our founding in 1955. Our ethically based, professional education stands out in our region and will continue to give our students and graduates the launching pad that they need to thrive and succeed.”

With greater visibility, Molloy aims to secure extra funding for its strongest programs, increase its philanthropic efforts, invest in new educational technology, and other new opportunities, officials said.

“This is a historic milestone moment for our institution, and we embrace the new opportunities before us,” said John P. McEntee, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Molloy. “Molloy has grown and evolved consistently since its founding by the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Amityville in 1955. Over the last six decades, we have added post-graduate programs at the masters and Ph.D. levels, expanded programs across business, arts and sciences, education and nursing, and grown our reach from Rockville Centre to New York City. We look forward to the future now more than ever.”

Molloy is an independent, Catholic institution founded in 1955 by the Sisters of Saint Dominic. It serves about 4,900 undergraduate and graduate students in the four departments of School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Education & Human Services, and the Barbara H. Hagan School of Nursing & Health Sciences.

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