President of Adelphi University

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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

In this time of tremendous change, Adelphi University, as one of Long Island’s oldest higher education institutions, aspires to global recognition as a great private university dedicated to student success in the classroom, in their careers and in their lives. We will honor our historic legacy and shape our future while evolving to meet the moral, educational and financial imperatives of a new era in American higher education.

Within the past two decades, Adelphi’s remarkable journey has taken us into the top 160 of nationally ranked doctoral research universities in the United States. We have rebuilt our faculty with the addition of 142 teacher-scholars since 2000, reinvigorated our four additional dynamic learning hubs around the state of New York to offer programs that reflect the evolving needs of our region and expectations of our students and transformed the main campus in Garden City with more than 500,000 square feet of new and renovated facilities. In the spring, we will open the much-anticipated 100,000-square-foot academic and student support services Nexus Building and Welcome Center that will further benefit students, faculty and alumni. We have continued our focus as a university that delivers both liberal arts and professional programs.

However, the achievements of the past are only as valuable as the vision they inspire for the future.

Today, Adelphi has the foundation to be a great, modern metropolitan university. We must harness this momentum and turn our efforts to ensuring that we are more than just the sum of our parts. We must embrace our innovative history of adapting to change and collectively–students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, parents and community members–shape a future responsive to new global challenges. Adelphi is at its best when we partner and collaborate.

One of the greatest assets of this University is our people, and we are calling on everyone’s intellect, passion, philanthropy and ingenuity to help us define the next chapter as a modern metropolitan university with deep roots.

I invite you to join us in this critical effort.

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

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