For the third year in a row, City & State New York has recently named College of Staten Island President William J. Fritz to its list of the 2021 Staten Island Power 100. This year, he came in at No. 43.
Dr. Fritz came to the College in 2008 as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. He was appointed by the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York to serve as Interim President of the College of Staten Island in 2012 and as President in 2014.
During his tenure as President, Dr. Fritz oversaw a number of critical initiatives, including the College’s current Strategic Plan, Opportunity to Ascend, which has informed much of the progress at CSI; the formation of the three new schools: the School of Education, the School of Health Sciences, and the School of Business; a move for CSI Athletics to NCAA Division II competition; the creation of CSI St. George; and $250M in major construction, critical maintenance, and renovations for the campus.
Dr. Fritz was also instrumental in increasing support for the CSI Foundation and unrestricted funds. During his tenure, the CSI Foundation has more than quadrupled its assets, going from near bankruptcy with an unrestricted fund that was in the red to $22M in assets and a $1.5M surplus in unrestricted funds. In addition, the College received the largest-ever gift for a not-for-profit on Staten Island, a $7.5M cash gift for the naming of the Lucille and Jay Chazanoff School of Business, which subsequently generated $1M more in an estate gift.
Dr. Fritz recently announced that he will be stepping down as President at the end of the 2021 calendar year.