Cusack comes to Siena College with over 25 years of experience in seed-stage and venture-backed startups, as well as established public and private firms with a global presence. He provides senior management and board level strategic, financial and operations leadership to startups in the global innovation sector. He has significant entrepreneurial and innovation expertise in a variety of fields including fuel cell, solar, battery and energy industries, software, hardware and app companies and medical devices for research and treatment of diabetes and neurodegenerative diseases.
Cusack previously held the position of Entrepreneur in Residence and Lecturer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has served as an adjunct professor in the Capital Region, teaching courses in mathematics, engineering and entrepreneurship. Cusack also started and ran the first community-based business accelerator, Ignite U NY. This program brings together entrepreneurs from different universities, including students from Siena College.
With extensive experience in new product development and introduction, customer discovery and development, operations, finance, strategy, team building and quality tools, Cusack succeeds Michael J. Hickey who is currently the Chief of Staff for Siena College.
A veteran of management in the client services field, McCormack is joining Siena’s Stack Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation as its Assistant Director. She has 17 years of marketing experience focusing on retail merchandising, program management and client service. McCormack previously worked as the Senior Manager of Client Services at the SPAR group, a global provider of field marketing services. She has also worked as the Senior Manager of Client Services at Market Force Information and as a Senior Manager of Merchandising for Certified Marketing Services. McCormack also has 10 years of experience with the National Education Association of New York as their Instruction and Professional Development Coordinator.
At the Stack Center, she will be will be responsible for Stack Center events, promoting student engagement and collaborating with professionals in undergraduate admissions and local high school counselors to develop innovative programs that encourage students to become affiliated with the Siena community. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Assistant Director is responsible for managing the CIE program for sustainability and promotion of student engagement.
McCormack holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs and a Master of Science in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from the State University of Albany, New York.
Dr. Jim Murtagh is an experienced management consultant and educator. After earning his B.S. in Engineering from the United States Military Academy, he served his country as an active duty Army aviator. He earned his PhD in Finance from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he taught a broad range of graduate and undergraduate finance courses. He has consulted with private, public and governmental agencies on financial management and IT strategy. Dr. Murtagh’s academic research focuses on international capital markets, banking and risk management. His articles appear in the Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money, Global Perspectives Research in Banking and Finance, and the Journal of Equipment Leasing.