John Mogulescu

Former Dean, CUNY School of Professional Studies

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119 W. 31st St., 10th Fl. 

New York, NY 10001

John Mogulescu was the Founding Dean of the CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS). Under his leadership, CUNY SPS became one of the University’s fastest growing institutions, currently enrolling over 4,200 students in its degree programs and credit-bearing courses in Fall 2021, and close to 45,000 more in its non-credit courses and programs. Created with the purpose of meeting the educational needs of working adults, organizations, and employers, CUNY SPS is home to CUNY’s first fully online degrees as well as a number of professional certificate programs. The School’s non-credit offerings offer a portfolio of $32 million in grant-funded programs in partnership with such agencies as the NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), the NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM), the NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS), the New York City Human Resources Administration Office of Child Support Enforcement (HRA OCSE), and the Central Park Conservancy, among others.

This year, CUNY SPS was ranked 8th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its 2021 list of Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs, placing in the top 2 percent of the 357 institutions that were ranked, and making it the highest nationally-ranked program in New York City.

Dean Mogulescu also spent over 34 years in CUNY Office of Academic Affairs, and was Senior University Dean from Academic Affairs from 1999-2020. Prior to that, from 1972-1985, he was an adult and continuing education administrator at NYC College of Technology. As a Central Office administrator, he developed programs in cooperation with virtually every New York City government agency and with many state agencies as well. From 2001-2018, the programs that Dean Mogulescu oversaw generated over $1.3 billion in external grants and contracts.

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 former longtime member of the NYC Workforce Development Board. He holds an MSW from New York University, and BA in psychology from Brown University.


Recent News

CUNY SPS' former Dean discusses the publication of his memoir "The Dean of New Things"

A Vision for the Future of Higher Ed

March 28, 2024


John Mogulescu, the founding dean of CUNY SPS, retired in 2021 but continues to be busy! Following the 2023 publication of his memoir "The Dean of New Things: Bringing Change to CUNY and New York City," Mogulescu has been speaking to various press outlets about his long and illustrious 50-year career at the City University of New York, which was capped by his work launching CUNY SPS in 2003. This past March, Mogulescu was the guest speaker at a panel discussion hosted at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House as part of its series "Mapping the Future of Higher Ed".
CUNY SPS former Dean John Mogulescu interviewed on CUNY TV show

CUNY's John Mogulescu, 'Dean of New Things'

March 26, 2024

CUNY TV- One to One

CUNY SPS former Dean John Mogulescu was recently interviewed by host Sheryl McCarthy on the CUNY TV show "One to One." In the interview, Mogulescu reflected upon his long tenure and discussed the explosive growth of CUNY SPS, which, under his leadership, became one of the University’s fastest-growing institutions, pioneering online education and developing innovative programs to serve the needs of working adults and non-traditional students.
Cover of the book by CUNY SPS Dean Emeritus John Mogulescu

The Dean of New Things: Bringing Change to CUNY and New York City

January 12, 2024


John Mogulescu, dean emeritus of the CUNY School of Professional Studies and author of the book “The Dean of New Things: Bringing Change to CUNY and New York City,” shares his story of innovation at CUNY on The Brian Lehrer Show.
Dr. Ed Knox, director of CUNY SPS online business programs

Entrepreneurs Share Tips and Inspiration at All-Day Business Conference

May 10, 2022

Sponsored by the CUNY SPS online business programs, the forum offered a chance for attendees to discuss the importance and impact of entrepreneurship.