Charles L. Flynn, Jr., Ph.D.


Dr. Charles L. Flynn, Jr. is the President Emeritus of the College of Mount Saint Vincent. He served as President of the College from 2000 through 2020.

Originally from Connecticut, Dr. Flynn received a B.A. from Hamilton College, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

A historian, Dr. Flynn is the author of White Land, Black Labor: Caste and Class in Late Nineteenth Century Georgia. He is the co-editor of an award-winning volume entitled Race, Class, and Politics in Southern History, and the author of numerous articles.

Dr. Flynn has served many community and professional organizations. Most recently he served on the Executive Committee of both the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) and New York’s Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU).

During his tenure, Mount Saint Vincent’s enrollment doubled. The College’s endowment increased by almost 900%, it built new or comprehensively renovated six residence halls, rebuilt its facilities in Science, added 20,000 square feet of Nursing simulation laboratories, built a new state-of-the-art building for Communication and Fine Arts, renovated and doubled the size of its athletic facilities, added softball and baseball fields and a soccer and lacrosse field, and began renovation of the College’s signature structure, Founders Hall. For all the tangible progress, however, the College has been most proud of the recognition it has earned for its programs. It is among the most inclusive institutions in the United States, public or private. It has been recognized for the highest graduation rate in the country for Hispanic students in STEM fields. And it’s graduates have been celebrated for the third highest rate of upward mobility among colleges and universities in the United States.