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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, November 2, 2016

Close connections are a defining part of the Adelphi experience.

This theme infuses the stories our students and alumni have shared with me about their Adelphi journeys. Students express how grateful they are for the personal attention in our classrooms, and alumni routinely mention the lifelong relationships they have maintained with faculty members.

Increasingly, motivated by these deep connections, alumni are taking the opportunity to give back to Adelphi in recognition of their transformative experiences.

I am very pleased to announce today that Vincent C. Tizzio ’89 has established an endowed fund to honor and recognize a faculty member who, he says, was “one of the most influential people in my life.” Tizzio has set up an annual scholarship in the name of longtime faculty member Sal Primeggia ’64, M.A. ’66, Ph.D., professor of sociology. In making his gift, Tizzio said to Dr. Primeggia:

“I’ve wanted to find a tangible way to express my sincere thanks and appreciation for all that you have done, are doing and will continue to do for me in the years ahead. I know how much your work at Adelphi means to you, and I know that you take great joy, pride and satisfaction in shaping and molding the minds of students. Sal, as long as there is an Adelphi, there will be a scholarship given out in your name to an Adelphi student with demonstrated financial need.”

This month we will give thanks to our veterans for their service to our country, express our gratitude for our friends and families at Thanksgiving, and continue to find meaningful ways to give back to others in our communities. Tizzio’s story, which includes Dr. Primeggia’s role in his Adelphi journey, is just one of the many I have had the opportunity to discover. In this season of thanksgiving, I hope you will take a moment to share yours at

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

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