SJC Appoints New Provost and VP for Academic Affairs

April 10, 2019 BK LI

BROOKLYN and PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – April 10, 2019 – St. Joseph’s College (SJC) is pleased to announce that Robert Riley, Ph.D., has been selected as the next Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at St. Joseph’s College effective July 1. Dr. Riley will serve as SJC’s chief academic officer responsible for strengthening an academic and value-oriented educational program. He will divide his time between SJC Long Island and SJC Brooklyn, and will serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet.

“St. Joseph’s is thrilled to have someone with Dr. Riley’s experience and record of success join us as our provost and vice president for academic affairs,” said Donald R. Boomgaarden, Ph.D., president of SJC. “He brings a wonderful understanding of the mission of St. Joseph’s College, and of the larger goals we share as an institution dedicated to providing the best education possible to our students.”

Previously the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, Dr. Riley has extensive experience in higher education administration. In his former role, he oversaw the areas of faculty advancement, undergraduate education, library services, accreditation and assessment, sponsored research, sustainability, social innovation and service learning. Prior to his appointment as Vice Provost, he served as chairperson for the Department of Economics, chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee, director of the Center for Faculty Development and director of the International Studies Program, all at the University of St. Thomas. Dr. Riley’s research on economics has been widely published and he holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; he received a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from the University of St. Thomas.

“I am genuinely honored to be joining the St. Joseph’s community and I look forward to working closely with President Boomgaarden, the leadership team, faculty and staff in advancing the college’s mission and the success of our students,” said Dr. Riley. “The dedication and commitment of everyone I met during my visit to the campuses was remarkable.”

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St. Joseph’s College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility and service. Through SJC Brooklyn, SJC Long Island and SJC Online, the College offers degrees in 50 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.