Sep. 13, 2011

Geneseo begins school year with new leaders


Michael Mooney, left, is the new director of intercollegiate athletics and recreation, and Jim Milroy '81, recently began his new position as vice president for administration and finance at Geneseo. /PHOTO BY KEITH WALTERS '11





As Geneseo begins a new academic year, the college community welcomes two new leaders in key roles in administration and finance and athletics.

Jim Milroy '81, a veteran financial administrator at Geneseo and in municipal government, took over as vice president for administration and finance on July 1. He succeeds Ken Levison, who retired after 26 years.

In addition to overseeing all financial operations of the college, including budgeting, accounting, procurement and student financial aid, Milroy has administrative responsibility for human resources and payroll, grants management, facilities and planning, auxiliary services and government relations. He previously served as the assistant vice president for budget and financial analysis and government relations officer for five years. Prior to joining Geneseo, he was commissioner of administration and finance for the City of Buffalo, where he was responsible for the development, oversight and performance of the city's $1 billion budget and managed more than 100 employees in seven divisions.

"I appreciate the honor of being selected to succeed Dr. Levison as the next vice president," said Milroy after his appointment. "I look forward to building upon his legacy by working with the tremendously talented and hard-working people at Geneseo. Together we will continue to meet our financial challenges while providing our students the high quality education they deserve and have come to expect from the college."

In athletics, Michael Mooney, a former Geneseo coach with 26 years of leadership at the college, took over as director of intercollegiate athletics and recreation July 7. He had been serving as interim director since Jan. 1, following Marilyn Moore's retirement.

Since joining Geneseo in 1985, he has served in a number of positions including resident director, head men's soccer coach and most recently, associate director of intercollegiate athletics and recreation. He also serves as president of the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) and chairperson of the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer All-America Committee.

He said he is proud to work for Geneseo's very successful athletics program and with Geneseo's student-athletes, who excel in their studies but make time to enjoy athletics and compete at a very high level. Last year, Geneseo finished in the top 10 percent of comprehensive Division III programs.

"I would like to reach that level again and with hard work improve upon that finish," he said. "I would also like to connect more with former student-athletes by inviting them back to campus and providing events for them to support the Knights. The positive experience they obtained as an athlete gives them a bond with others that they participated with. I want to give them a reason for wanting to be part of the success at Geneseo. I look forward to working with these passionate supporters of the Knights."

Mooney looks forward to providing even better experiences for students and student-athletes.

"If we continue to work hard, develop new ideas and have a vision for the future," he said, "our success will continue to grow and our students and alumni will be the beneficiaries."