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March 2019

Manhattanville College School of Professional Studies Appointments

Manhattanville College School of Professional Studies announced the appointments of Dr. Laura Persky to Associate Dean and Jean Mann to Director of the Masters Programs in Business.


In her new role, Dr. Persky will manage the operation of the School of Professional Studies and also take on the responsibility for new initiatives aiming at enrollment growth. "The Manhattanville School of Professional Studies is committed to continually making its curriculum vital, applicable and relevant to today’s local business community. We help employees increase their industry relevance, whether they are undergrads or seasoned industry veterans, enhance their fluency in multiple disciplines through our certification and credentials programs designed around the specific needs of today's fast-paced, highly competitive workplace," explained Dr. Persky.


"Medium-sized Westchester and greater New York City area businesses increasingly rely on Manhattanville's School of Professional Studies for executive training and leadership development needs. What's more, local business leaders routinely consult with us on our curriculum so we are in sync with their specific professional and workplace needs. We develop our programs and certifications around the anticipated and real-time needs of the businesses environment, addressing everything from social media advertising techniques to transitioning to leadership or analytical and financial tools for decision making."


Prior to her academic career, Dr. Persky worked in product management and advertising for several major brands including Playtex Baby Bottles, Pepsi-Cola, and Revlon Cosmetics. She trained young marketers to become leaders and worked with departments on brand messaging and product functions. To focus more on teaching and coaching, she moved into higher education.


Before joining Manhattanville College, she was an Adjunct Professor and Distance Learning Liaison at Monroe College. Dr. Persky has served Manhattanville College as a Program Director for the past five years. She earned a Doctorate in Education focusing on Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College. Her research focused on organizational culture and workplace behavior. Dr. Persky also has an M.B.A. from New York University and a B.S. in Finance from the University of Colorado. Dr. Persky has specific expertise in workplace bullying and internal resources necessary to manage it. The School of Professional Studies Human Resources program is a Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) partner and recertification provider. Dr. Persky is a Larchmont resident.


Jean Mann, previously the Director of Marketing and Enrollment for the School of Professional Studies, is now Director of the Masters Programs in Business. She will manage the Masters programs in Business Leadership, Finance, Human Resource Management and Organizational Effectiveness, International Management and Marketing Communication Management. Prior to joining Manhattanville College, Jean was a marketing and communications director for companies such as School Choice International, Scholastic Publishing and Xerox and has also held management positions at the University of Bridgeport and Metropolitan College. Jean holds an M.B.A. from Baruch College in Marketing Management and a B.S. from Syracuse University in Psychology. Jean is completing her Advanced Certificate in Business Leadership at Manhattanville College and is a Greenwich resident.


For more information about SPS visit www.mville.edu/business or call 914-323-5150.