John Mogulescu

Dean of the School of Professional Studies and Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs


119 W. 31st St., 10th Fl.

New York, NY 10001

Phone: (646) 664-8004

Fax: (646) 664-8729

John Mogulescu is the Founding Dean of the CUNY School of Professional Studies and Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs. Under his leadership, CUNY SPS has become one of the University’s fastest growing institutions, currently enrolling over 3,100 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, CUNY SPS is home to CUNY’s first fully online degrees as well as a number of professional certificate programs.

Throughout his 30+ years in the Office of Academic Affairs, Dean Mogulescu has developed programs in cooperation with virtually every New York City government agency and with many state agencies as well. From 2001-2017, the programs that Dean Mogulescu oversees generated over $1.1 billion in external grants and contracts.

Dean Mogulescu oversees the highly successful and acclaimed Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP), and other collaborative programs between CUNY and the New York City Public Schools, including CUNY College Now and the Early College High School Initiative. He also oversees the Dr. Derek Griffith CUNY Preparatory School, the CUNY Language Immersion Program, the CUNY Service Corps and the CUNY Cultural Corps, CUNY Start, the Adult Literacy and GED Preparation Programs, special training initiatives for City and State workers, programs for welfare recipients, and the University’s Workforce Development Initiative. He is responsible for Adult and Continuing Education at CUNY and its non-credit programs which enroll over 250,000 students annually. Dean Mogulescu also oversees the NYC Early Childhood Professional Development Institute and the CUNY Creative Arts Team, and he supervised the creation of the Emmy award winning T.V. series, “We Are New York.”

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.


Dean Mogulescu's work for CUNY and adult education has been noted in the texts below:

The New Education: Cathy N. Davidson

CUNY's First Fifty Years: Anthony G. Picciano and Chet Jordan

Locus of Authority: William G. Bowen and Eugene M. Tobin

Recent News

John Mogulescu receiving award

Dean Mogulescu Honored for Service to CUNY and New York City

September 30, 2016

The Workforce Professionals Training Institute (WPTI) honored John Mogulescu, Dean of the CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) and Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs for his many years of service to CUNY and New York City at the fall benefit held at the  Landmarc  Restaurant on September 27.

From Teacher and Pupil At P.S. 20 to CUNY Dean And Master’s Graduate

September 04, 2014

CUNY Newswire

John Mogulescu is now the senior University dean for academic affairs. But in 1968, he was a newly minted sixth-grade teacher at P.S. 20 in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.