Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs and Dean of the CUNY School of Professional Studies
John Mogulescu is the Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs and the Dean of the CUNY School of Professional Studies. His current responsibilities involve him in many different aspects of the university’s academic life. He has focused for many years on issues related to the preparation of public school students for the demands of college-level learning and the challenges of college completion. In that regard, he is responsible for the oversight of collaborative programs between CUNY and the New York City Public Schools, CUNY Prep Transitional High School, the CUNY Language Immersion Program, CUNY Start, and the Adult Literacy and GED Preparation Programs. Dean Mogulescu also oversees the university’s Workforce Development Initiative, special training initiatives for city and state workers, and programs for welfare recipients. He is also responsible for the area of Adult and Continuing Education at CUNY and its non-credit programs.
Throughout his 26 years in the CUNY Office of Academic Affairs, Dean Mogulescu has developed programs in cooperation with virtually every New York City government agency, as well as with many state agencies. From 2001 to 2014, the programs that Dean Mogulescu oversaw generated more than $800 million in external grants and contracts. In 2003, Dean Mogulescu was appointed as the founding Dean of the CUNY School of Professional Studies (SPS). Under his leadership, SPS has become one of the university’s fastest growing institutions, currently enrolling over 2,200 students in its degree programs and credit-bearing courses, and thousands more in its non-credit courses and programs. Created with the purpose of meeting the educational needs of working adults, organizations, and employers, SPS is home to CUNY’s first fully on-line degrees, as well as a number of professional certificate programs.
Dean Mogulescu is frequently called upon to spearhead special initiatives for the university. From 2007 to 2010, he led a university team in developing the model for CUNY’s seventh community college. The Stella and Charles Guttman Community College officially opened in the fall of 2012. Dean Mogulescu also oversees the highly successful and acclaimed Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP). The three-year graduation rate for ASAP students is over 50%, an unprecedented figure at community colleges anywhere in the country. Dean Mogulescu also supervises the CUNY Service Corps, which began in 2013, which places over 750 students in paid positions at close to 100 city agencies. He was also instrumental in the expansion of College Now, a dual enrollment program that allows high school students to participate in college classes, and oversaw the creation of the Early College Initiative, which now includes 17 early college schools.
Prior to assuming his present position, Dean Mogulescu was the University Dean for Academic Affairs and Deputy to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. He also has served as University Dean for Adult and Continuing Education and Director of Adult Learning for CUNY. Before coming to CUNY’s Central Office, he worked for thirteen years in a variety of Continuing Education positions at New York City College of Technology. In addition to his CUNY experience, Dean Mogulescu’s career history includes a position as the Associate Director of the Literacy Assistance Center and three years as a sixth grade teacher in the New York City public school system.
Dean Mogulescu is a past president of the Continuing Education Association of New York, a former member of the New York State Adult Learning Services Council, the past Chair of the Board of Visitors of the New York City Police Department, and a longtime member of the NYC Workforce Investment Board.
Dean Mogulescu received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.S.W. from New York University. He also attended the Institute for the Management of Lifelong Education at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.