Inauguration of 9th President

Inauguration Masthead with College Seal and Kenneth D. Daly

The St. Thomas Aquinas College Board of Trustees and STAC Community Inaugurated Kenneth D. Daly, as the Ninth President of St. Thomas Aquinas College on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 3:00 PM.

The Inauguration Ceremony took place in the Sacred Heart Chapel, Sparkill, New York, followed by refreshments on campus at the Romano Student Alumni Center.

The College’s Board of Trustees, Dominican Sisters, special guests, and members of the STAC community came together on a beautiful fall day to Commemorate the official — and long-awaited — ceremony and reception to mark this historic occasion.

About Kenneth D. Daly

Kenneth D. Daly assumed his position as the ninth President at St. Thomas Aquinas College on July 1, 2020. As the new President, Ken has committed to helping students navigate the current societal challenges by providing access to affordable education to prepare them for College, community service, and careers.

Daly was selected for his mission-focused leadership over a 30-year career in clean energy with National Grid and its predecessor companies, KeySpan and Brooklyn Union, serving local New York communities, supporting students, and leading emergency response plans. Ken completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at Harvard, earned an MS in Human Resource Management from New York University, an MBA in Finance from St. John’s University, and a BA in English from St. Francis College, and earned the distinguished Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

He is a passionate educator and has chaired and served on the boards of several colleges while teaching in the classroom as an adjunct professor at St. Francis College since 1992. Across his career, Ken has fostered strategic relationships with academia, supporting research and workforce development programs at colleges and STEM education programs in New York schools, which have resulted in innovative new programs, educational resources for under-served communities, and hundreds of jobs for the students.

As the new President of St. Thomas Aquinas College, Ken Daly says, “I am committed to providing students with a very supportive and caring environment — where inclusion, equity, and diversity are enhanced as part of our values — to help them navigate these challenging times. We have a dedicated team of faculty and administrators who will mentor the students every step of the way. We have a proud history of caring for our students and an exciting future whereby, together, we will overcome the societal challenges we currently face and develop each unique individual into our leaders of tomorrow — leaders who have a true sense of purpose.”

Across his career, Ken has fostered strategic relationships with academia, supporting research and workforce development programs at colleges and STEM education programs in New York schools. He was a member of the Board of Trustees at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, his alma mater, from 2011 to 2020, serving as a member of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Finance Committee and previously serving on the Academic Affairs Committee. He also previously served as Chairman of the Business Advisory Council. Through his work on the Development Committee, he has raised millions of dollars for St. Francis and personally funded four scholarships. He was an Adjunct Professor of Management at St. Francis since 1992 and has also lectured at Harvard, MIT, New York University, St. John’s University, and in England, Italy, and Canada.

Several colleges and high schools have honored him for his contributions to education and scholarship funding for students. He recently announced new four-year $50,000 scholarships and personally launched the Kenneth D. Daly Scholarship to support students and their families impacted by the recent COVID-19 and Social Justice crises in our local communities and will match contributions to provide support to students when they need it most.

President Daly, his wife Laurie, who will be volunteering at the college, and their four children are delighted to be a part of the STAC community and to give back to our students during this critical time.