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Finalists for D’Youville College Presidency Scheduled for Campus Visits

Finalists for D’Youville College Presidency Scheduled for Campus Visits

Buffalo, New York – September 21, 2016 – Four candidates for the presidency of D’Youville College will be on campus late September and early October, as the process of selecting the college’s 15th president moves into its next phase.

The candidates have an extensive schedule, that includes meetings with Dr. William Mariani, interim D’Youville College president; the President’s Council; Faculty Council and Student Council members; the Board of Trustees; the Alumni Board, and the Presidential Search Committee.

Each finalist will also participate in a College Community Forum with all faculty, support staff, administrators, and student leaders.

The finalists are:

Lorrie Clemo, PhD, currently on leave from her role as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) at the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Oswego to direct the First in the World Program, a $2.9 million grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education to increase degree completion among minority and low-income students. She spent a year as an ACE Fellow at the University of Rochester and in 2008 became Chief of Staff & Deputy to the President. She was appointed interim Provost and VPAA in 2010 and named to the permanent role in 2012. Dr. Clemo will be on campus Monday, Sept. 26, and the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 27.

John J. Donohue, PhD, currently Chief Academic and Development Officer for Synergis Education, Inc. He joined Synergis in 2012 as Chief Learning Officer and was promoted to Executive Vice President for Partner Development and In-Account Growth in 2014 and to his present role in January 2016. He was also a professor of Social Science at Albertus Magnus College. From 2002 to 2006, he served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and later Executive Director of Doctoral Programs in Education at D’Youville. Dr. Donahue will be on campus Monday, Oct. 3, and the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Jane Frances Walish Hopp, PhD, currently Academic Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Health Sciences at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisc. She joined Carroll in 1994 as Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, and Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and became Chair of the expanded Department of Allied Health in 1999 and the Department of Health Sciences in 2000. Dr. Hopp will be on campus the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 4, and Wednesday, Oct. 5.

Stephen J. Pugliese, PhD, currently Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of the Faculty at Mount Aloysius College (MAC) in Cresson, Pa. He joined MAC in December 2014 after spending 11 years at Immaculata University in vice presidential roles with responsibility at different times for Student Affairs, Student Development and Engagement, Undergraduate Enrollment, and University Advancement. He previously held student affairs roles at Marywood University, King’s College, and Villanova University. Dr. Pugliese will be on campus Thursday, Oct. 6, and the morning of Friday, Oct. 7.

“The quality of the candidates is excellent,” said Melinda Disare, co-chair of the Presidential Search Committee. “We look forward to the interaction they will have with the D’Youville community. These campus visits will allow the candidates to get to know more about D’Youville, and will help the college community to learn more about them and their vision for the future of the D’Youville.”

Disare said the committee hopes to have D’Youville’s next president installed in 2017.


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