WILLOWBROOK — Dr. William Fritz has been named as the president of the College of Staten Island.
Fritz, who has served as the interim president for the university since August 2012, was recommended to the board by Interim Chancellor William Kelly and was unanimously approved.
"My focus as president of the College of Staten Island centers on helping our students fulfill their creative, aesthetic and educational aspirations through competitive and rigorous undergraduate, graduate and professional programs," Fritz said in a statement.
Since he took the helm, the college was last year named as one of "America's Best Colleges in the North" by U.S. News & World Report, "America’s Best-Bang-for-the-Buck Colleges" by Washington Monthly in 2012 and the most underrated college in New York by Business Insider.
"In the two years that Dr. Fritz has served as interim president of CSI, he has set a bright course for the future," Kelly said in a statement.
"Among many other achievements, he has established a School of Business, School of Education and a School of Health Sciences."
Before he took the role of interim president after Dr. Tomas Morales stepped down, Fritz was provost and senior vice president of the college and published more than 50 articles in the field of geology, the college said.