Concordia College Names Inaugural Presidential Scholars

Concordia College Names Inaugural Presidential Scholars

Concordia College New York is delighted to announce that Christina Staudt and Kenneth Jones II have been named as the college’s inaugural Presidential Scholars.  

The Presidential Scholars program has been established to bring to campus high-energy thought leaders from a variety of academic and professional fields. During the academic year, Presidential Scholars engage students and faculty in ways that align with their subject expertise, personal interests and particular gifts.

Christina Staudt is the co-founder and acting Executive Director of the Westchester End-of-Life Coalition, a nonprofit (now in the process of merging with Wartburg Continuing Care) whose mission is to offer compassionate guidance, direction and information around end-of-life issues. She is Chair of the Columbia University Seminar on Death. The author and editor of several publications, Ms. Staudt is currently co-authoring a book for Columbia University Press and preparing an anthology for publisher ABC-CLIO. Ms. Staudt holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Art History from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Economics from Connecticut College. In her term as a Presidential Scholar, Ms. Staudt will leverage WELC’s resources and community education initiatives within Concordia’s School of Health Sciences and Nursing. She will also facilitate a series of seminars for full-time Concordia faculty: an opportunity for intellectual sustenance as faculty engage critically and in depth with a range of subjects.

Kenneth Jones II is Vice President and CFO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private philanthropy that supports innovative, cost-effective responses to the issues that negatively affect children, including poverty and limited access to opportunity. He was previously CFO of the nonprofits Danya International and Jhpiego (affiliated with Johns Hopkins University), and held corporate finance positions at Ford Motor, Pfizer, Mirant and Prudential. Mr. Jones holds an M.B.A. from the Sloan School of Management at MIT, a master’s degree from SUNY Buffalo, and a bachelor’s degree from Boston University. As a Presidential Scholar, Mr. Jones will offer his financial and nonprofit expertise in support of the college’s Center for Contextual Leadership, a suite of degree programs training leaders for vocation and ministry in a wide range of careers. He will also consult on developing a college-to-career conduit with the goal of increasing minority representation in financial careers.  

Dr. John A. Nunes, President of Concordia College New York said: “Our inaugural Presidential Scholars embody the mission of our college by using their unique passions and demonstrated purpose in service to others, making the world a better place in the process. We are blessed by their presence here.”