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Adelphi's 10th President is an internationally recognized expert in leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and team performance.

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Meet President Riordan

An internationally recognized expert in leadership development, diversity and inclusion and team performance.
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Message from the President

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Transforming lives for the workplace: careers at Adelphi

I heard a story last week about an Adelphi senior who was nervous about an upcoming interview with IBM. He went to our Center for Career and Professional Development to ask which tie he should wear. The center surprised him with a new tie—in the perfect IBM blue — left there by a thoughtful IBM executive who thought it might help a fellow Panther one day.

This personal touch across our campus is something Adelphi works hard to achieve. Small classes, person-to-person learning and engaged alumni are part of the story. But much more is required to help students step off the stage and into the workforce.

We, like all universities and colleges, are now part of a world in which a college degree is measured in return on investment by parents and students alike. While concepts like massive open online course (MOOC), stackable credentials (adding on certifications) and big data are changing the way a degree is earned, I believe no course of study can outperform personalized education with personal attention from world-class faculty.

Happily, Adelphi has the statistics to prove that. Ninety-two percent of our graduates are either employed or in graduate school within a year of graduation. Many salaries after graduation are in the 90th percentile, according to PayScale. And Forbes placed Adelphi on its list of America’s Top Colleges 2016, a rating that focuses specifically on student outcomes and career success.

Many of our students are the first in their family to go to college, and many are from diverse backgrounds. So I am especially proud that Adelphi launches careers, not jobs. To me, no return on investment is more important than that..

All the best, 
Signed by Dr. Riordan
Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D.

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