Molloy University not only has a new name, but it also has a new gift – the $2 million the school describes as its biggest single gift in its 67-year history.
It was distributed, as described, by S. Zaki Hussain, president of Pintel Coffee, a Farmingdale-based “charitable roaster” he helped found in 2013.
Dan introduced the first large-scale, in-person event for the school with his new university status. What was formed as an all-female school in 1955 by the Sisters of St. Dominic’s in Amityville has grown into a roster of 4,800 undergraduate and graduate students.
Hussain’s donation will be earmarked for Molloy’s new workforce development program, which aims to provide training for private industry workers with a focus on health care. Molloy’s Barbara H. The Hagan School of Nursing was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the best nursing master’s program in the country and the best doctor of nursing practice in the country.
John McEnty, chairman of Molloy’s Board of Trustees, said during the densely crowded ceremony, “Zaki serves as a shining example of America’s great promise that tremendous things can be achieved through education, integrity, and education.” might.” “I know generations of Molloy students will benefit from his remarkable generosity.”
Hussain immigrated from Bangladesh in 1979, earning a master’s degree in engineering from what is now the New York University Tandon School of Engineering in Brooklyn. He spent a decade in the engineering field before launching Modern Packaging in 1989, which helped develop the K-cup manufacturing technology used by millions today for single-serve hot drinks like coffee and tea.
“I have always felt that it is very important to prepare our graduates with real field experience,” Hussain said. “I think my success will be when someone comes up to me and says, ‘Because of you, my life is so much better.'”
Hussein’s Pintel Coffee is on a mission to address hunger globally, donating every cent of the company’s profits to hunger-relief organizations.
Molloy’s president, James Lentini, said donations like Hussein would help the school expand its role in educating health care professionals. He also thanked former President Drew Bogner and State Department of Education Regent Roger Tills for their work toward securing university status for Molloy.
As part of the celebration, the university also announced a partnership with Catholic Health Services, which operates Mercy Hospital at Rockville Center. Molloy Nurses continues to strengthen the workforce pipeline, which has been particularly important during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We share the same values as we are Catholic institutions founded in faith and driven by mission,” said Dr. Patrick O’Shaughnessy, President and Chief Executive of Catholic Health. “Many students graduating from Molloy with a nursing degree come to Catholic Health to begin their careers in health care, and are a great asset to our important work.”
Molloy will also continue his work with another local hospital, Mount Sinai South Nassau in Oceanside. The university has seen many of its nursing gradates begin their careers, Lentini said, and will show its appreciation by sponsoring a 2022 Summer Series show at Mount Sinai Molloy’s Madison Theater.