Five Towns Founder No Longer President

By Arielle Dollinger


Stanley G. Cohen made his last public appearance as president of Five Towns College at the school’s May 24 commencement ceremony.

Three days earlier, the Five Towns College Board of Trustees named Dr. Susan Barr the school’s acting interim president.

“We have every confidence in Dr. Barr’s ability to lead the institution and to carry the torch of leadership forward as she takes the reins of the College,” said Board of Trustees Chairwoman Rachel Andoscia on the school’s website. “We know that she is committed to excellence, and that the College will continue its tradition of service to students and the Long Island Community.”

The reason for Cohen’s stepping down is unknown. Cohen, who founded the college in 1972, did not return calls for comment.

Barr has been working at the college since 1990 as a teacher. In 1992, she earned the title of Higher Education Opportunity Program Assistant Director. She took the director position in 1998 and, in 2006, also began to serve as the dean of students.

This past January, Barr became the dean of the college and provost.

“She has an affable demeanor and an ‘open door’ policy for students, faculty, and staff,” reads the announcement of her promotion on the school’s website.

Barr forwarded request for comment to the board of trustees, which did not provide comment by press time on Monday.