Michael Scales

EdD, 1988


Michael Scales is the 12th president of Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary (ATS) with New York campuses in Rockland County and Manhattan and an extension site in Puerto Rico. In July 2012, the Nyack/ATS Board of Trustees unanimously re-elected him to a third term. Scales is at the helm of one of the most diverse colleges in the country. The student population is 13% Asian, 35% black/African-American, 25% Hispanic and 25% white. Students are from 40 states and 62 countries. Almost 30 languages are spoken. They represent 82 church denominations. “With such diversity, education does not begin or end at the door of the classroom,” states Scales. “Learning is continuous wherever one is on the campus – wherever there is engagement.” Scales adds, “Leadership and service were expected outcomes of the IHE. As a proud graduate, I succeed only if those qualities are consistently portrayed.”