About President Riordan

Meet Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D., Adelphi’s 10th president.

Dr. Christine M. Riordan

Adelphi University President Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized expert in leadership development, diversity and inclusion and team performance. Since beginning her appointment as Adelphi University’s 10th president in July 2015, she has worked with colleagues from across the University to establish priorities in enrollment and revenue generation, campus engagement, and diversity and inclusion. With Dr. Riordan’s leadership, the University has launched a broader regional domestic recruiting strategy and expanded its international recruitment through a partnership with Shorelight Education.

To gain a deeper understanding of the University and to establish opportunities for future enhancements, Dr. Riordan brought together more than 1,000 members of the Adelphi community as part of a listening tour. This work laid the foundation of a comprehensive strategic planning process focusing on key priority areas such as student success, academic excellence and creating a diverse and inclusive climate.  Dr. Riordan was honored as one of the 2015 Women of Distinction by the Family and Children’s Association, a nonprofit organization helping disadvantaged individuals and families on Long Island.

Prior to beginning her Adelphi appointment in July 2015, Dr. Riordan served as provost of the University of Kentucky, which has more than 30,000 students, 19,000 full- and part-time employees and a budget of $3 billion. Responsible for supporting and advancing academic programs, teaching and scholarship at the University of Kentucky, she oversaw all of UK’s academic operations. For five years prior, Dr. Riordan served as dean of the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. In this role, she led a business operation with over $86 million in revenue and a global network of more than 33,000 faculty, staff, students and alumni. 

Dr. Riordan has published more than 60 academic and business press articles and has received numerous awards for her academic and practitioner work. She consults regularly with organizations and is a frequent speaker on leadership, strategy, diversity and inclusion and team performance.

Dr. Riordan serves on the board of directors for RE/MAX Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:RMAX) and on its audit committee. She is on the board of directors for the National Chorale, New York’s premier professional choral company, and the Long Island Association (LIA), a leading organization on Long Island. She is also a member of the Long Island Regional Advisory Council on Higher Education (LIRACHE) and is a member of the President’s Advisory Council at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In the past, Dr. Riordan served on many nonprofit boards of directors, such as Mile High United Way and Beta Gamma Sigma, an international honor society, and she was the president of the Southern Management Association.

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