Dr. David Jennings
Executive Vice President & Treasurer
David C. Jennings is the Executive Vice President and Treasurer for Nyack College where he has held various senior leadership roles since 1996. His wide-ranging portfolio includes responsibility for the following functions and departments: business services, accounting, budget management, investments, human resources, outside counsel, real estate, risk management, auxiliary services, NCAA Division II athletics, facilities management, information technology and marketing.
During his tenure at Nyack, Mr. Jennings has led a variety of initiatives to support Nyack's operations at multiple campuses. His finance and operations teams have facilitated the following projects: implementation of a new cross-function integrated administrative computer system, successful move from an NAIA to Division II NCAA athletic department with expansion to 12 sports, implementation of a cost savings self-insured health plan, remodeling of the food service facility and introduction of new menu and service stations, renovation and restoration of many College-owned residential properties and the development of a marketing team.
One of the more significant projects Mr. Jennings led was the successful negotiation of the lease and ultimate purchase of the New York City campus where he managed the construction of the build-out and coordinated the physical move to the new campus. He strategically increased physical assets with property purchases adjacent to the Nyack, NY campus and negotiated a land swap with the New York State Parks Department. Under his financial leadership, Nyack College’s endowment has grown from $3 million to over $12 million.
Mr. Jennings started with Nyack College in 1991 as the Director of Campus Services before spending three years on the staff of New Life Fellowship in Elmhurst, Queens as the Executive Pastor. In 1996 he returned to Nyack College as Assistant to the President for Advancement and then Vice President of Advancement where he provided leadership to the fundraising and promotion areas of the College. In 1998 he assumed the role of Vice President and Treasurer before being named Executive Vice President and Treasurer in 2003.
During the 2005-2006 academic year, Mr. Jennings served as the Interim President of Nyack College. It was during that time that the College received a $1 million lead gift to launch the Cheryl Phenicie School of Nursing. Mr. Jennings managed the plans and implementation of the construction of the nursing labs, classrooms and faculty suite. He has also been instrumental in developing relationships that have led to strategic gifts for other key initiatives and projects including the Elizabeth “Betty” Knopp Memorial Scholarship, New Life Community Health Center Nursing Scholarship and The Miovski and Mansfield Families Music Hall at the New York City campus.
Most recently, Mr. Jennings led a partnership with the Manhattan Christian Collaboration Center to launch CoLab New York City on the seventeenth floor of the New York City campus of Nyack College. This collaborative space has dedicated office suites, single work spaces, hotspots, lounge, shared common spaces and four conference-style rooms that partners can reserve for meetings, training sessions and events. Partners already participating include: The Navigators NYC, CRU, Movement.org, LEAD.NYC, Concerts of Prayer Greater New York, Beacon Christian Community Health Center, Christian Union, Safe Haven Network International, American Church Group New York, New York Media Initiative and the Grace and Mercy Foundation.
Mr. Jennings has also applied his administrative strengths to community service for the poor. In 1996 he served as a catalyst to launch a ministry in the Philippines that has given birth to several educational and micro-business ventures. In 2000, in conjunction with a team of others, he started a health ministry in Elmhurst, NY. Today, he continues to volunteer as the Executive Director of the New Life Community Health Center that utilizes a volunteer staffing model to provide nearly 3,000 annual medical and dental visits to immigrants, homeless and the uninsured for free.
In 2003 Mr. Jennings received an honorary doctorate from Ebenezer Bible College and Seminary in Zamboanga City, Philippines. He is married to Cindy and they reside in Nyack, NY with their daughter, Hannah.