President Grey J. Dimenna
Grey J. Dimenna, J.D., is the ninth president of Monmouth University, assuming office on February 28, 2017. As president, Dimenna has advanced the goals and objectives set forth in the comprehensive strategic plan endorsed by the Board in 2014, and embraced a student-centric approach to his presidency.
Dimenna has taken the helm of Monmouth during a period of tremendous growth, including a new partnership to establish the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music, a partnership with the Borough of Rumson to create a Monmouth Marine and Environmental Field Station on the banks of the Navesink River, dedicated music education classrooms at the Lakehouse Academy in Asbury Park, the introduction of new graduate and undergraduate academic programs, completion of the new Henni Kantor Kessler & John H. Kessler Stadium, and significant progress toward renovation of the University’s largest capital investment in academic facilities at the School of Science.
Prior to his appointment as president by the Board of Trustees, Dimenna previously served as vice president and general counsel at Monmouth University for 20 years, retiring from the position in July, 2015. As the first to hold the position, he established the organizational framework of the Office of the General Counsel, which has continued to evolve to meet the challenges of increased federal regulations and the myriad legal and compliance issues that face higher education.
His service to the University has included providing guidance to the Board of Trustees in numerous matters; serving on many search committees and staffing two presidential search committees; furnishing advice on policy issues, governmental affairs, labor relations and acting as the administration’s negotiator during collective bargaining with the University’s various
Before joining Monmouth, Dimenna served from 1991 to 1995 as Assistant Section Chief/Senior Deputy Attorney General for the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety where he supervised 25 deputy attorneys general, including attorneys representing the state colleges. He was primary counsel for several of the New Jersey State Colleges and Universities and also represented the Department of Higher Education and the New Jersey Higher Education Assistance Authority.
Dimenna earned his bachelor’s degree in History from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate at the Syracuse University College of Law. He lives with his wife, Nancy Kaplen, in the president’s official residence, Doherty House.