Dr. Timothy J. Cleary

Chair of Department
Associate Professor
Phone: ext.7233
Email: clearyt@centenarycollege.edu 

Academic Accomplishments

  • BS in Biology, Kansas State University
  • JD in Law, Hofstra University


Timothy Cleary joined Centenary College in August 2001 as an Assistant Professor in Equine Studies.  He had returned to the east coast after living in Boulder, Colorado for eight years, where he owned a horse farm and was active in the hunter-jumper industry.  In the 80’s and 90’s, he was also involved with the hunter-jumper industry as a trainer, owner, and manager in both New Jersey and New York.  During those years, he also judged, managed, announced, and course designed at several shows annually in the tri-state area.  Tim has managed the Garden State Horse Show, the largest hunter-jumper show in New Jersey, since the 1980’s.  Through his participation, Centenary College and the Garden State Horse Show have forged a meaningful alliance benefitting both organizations and the students of Centenary.

He graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology.  His first year of college was spent at Villanova University in Pennsylvania.  He also earned a Juris Doctor Degree in Law from Hofstra University in New York as a non-traditional student.  Tim has been admitted to practice law in New York and Colorado.  While he does not actively practice law, he does serve as an expert witness in equine liability cases.  Years ago, he also practiced law as a trial attorney for the Suffolk County Legal Aid Society on Long Island.

Among his best accomplishments is being the father of three grown children, of whom, he is quite proud.  Two of his children are about to graduate from the University of Colorado.  His third child is an active professional in the New York television and film industry, and a professional musician and song-writer.  All of his children know how to ride.

While Tim spent many years in the competitive side of the industry, training and coaching at horse shows.  Today, he experiences life with horses more often in the quieter atmosphere of the farm.  He is still an active judge, announcer, course designer and manager at United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) events.

Tim is pleased to be a member of the faculty at Centenary College continuing his mission of “fostering the love of horses among people.”