"Within these Halls we learned Duty"
The NYMA Team
Dr. Jin Xu is no stranger to the New York Military Academy, having served previously as the Acting Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer of NYMA in 2016. From 2016 to 2019 he served on its Board of Trustees, as treasurer and secretary. Having earned his PhD in finance from the University of Texas, Dr. Xu brings his years of experience as an entrepreneur and a strong commitment to the New York Military Academy’s future.
Christine Coalwell McDonald
Dean of Academics
Christine Coalwell McDonald has taught for more than fifteen years at private schools in New York and New Jersey. She has a Master of Arts (M.A.L.A.) in Liberal Education from Saint John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts iin International Relations from American University in Washington, D.C.
Mrs. McDonald was the Internal Coordinator for Middle States Association School Accreditation and Chair of the History and Social Studies Departments at the Storm King School. At Tuxedo Park School she served as History Department Coordinator and as the coach of the school’s academic teams, National Academic Quiz Tournaments, National History Bee & Bowl, and Model United Nations.
Christine is also a former Research Associate at Monticello’s Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies and has published several articles and essays on Jefferson, his family, and education in the early republic.
Christine and her husband Robert are also the proud parents of Jefferson McDonald NYMA class of ’24 and Grace McDonald NYMA class of ’26
LTC (ret.) Michael D. Hauser
Commandant of Cadets
Director of Admissions
John Mahon earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh New York and his Master of Science degree in Management with a concentration in Human Computer Interaction from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He worked at IBM in Armonk, New York for twenty years in Data Analytics. Mr. Mahon worked at Mount Saint Mary College before joining NYMA for eight years in Enrollment and was the Dean of Admissions for the last five years. He is married to his wife of 28 years, Clauida and they have two sons John Patrick and Luke Christian
Coordinator of Development and Alumni Affairs
Jay David is a NYMA Alumnus, Class of ’97
Jay David is a Queens, NY native. He is the loving father to a joyful 12-year-old girl named Julianna. Jay has an extensive amount of experience within the world of youth sports, academics, community service and mentorship. His background includes possessing a Bachelors Degree in Biology. He is currently Executive Director of the NY Jayhawks, a mentorship program based out of Queens, NY which is sponsored by Adidas that has utilized basketball as a vehicle to molding young boys into productive young men for the past 10 years. As a result, his program has ultimately aided in providing roughly 150 million dollars in financial aid over the course of its existence.
Jay is the Founder & President of the The Gateway Initiative which works with preparatory, private & parochial schools with their development. The Gateway also serves domestic as well as international students in identifying the best academic and athletic fit for their families. He also has experience working with national camp powerhouse “The Hoop Group”, the NBA scout school and has been an assistant coach for “national powerhouse” Long Island Lutheran for the past 8 years. His passion for giving back to the community has led to his name becoming a positive household commodity throughout the tri-state area. As mentorship continues to adjust to today’s “new norms”, Jay plans to remain diligent in continuing to lend a helping hand in all of his future endeavors.
Director of Facilities
Director of Dining Facilities
Richard Thorn is a culinary professional with over 30 years of experience in all aspects of food service. He is an alumnus of Paul Smith’s College (A.A.S. Culinary Arts) and has served in the U.S. Navy’s Submarine Service (MS2-SS). After his time in the Navy, Mr. Thorn became a certified Dietary Manager and worked in contract food service. He was assigned to a variety of locations throughout the region including medical, corporate, recreational and educational facilities. Mr. Thorn returned to NYMA in 2017. He was previously the Food Service Director here from 2013-2015.