Board of Trustees

Our expert leadership.

The Board of Trustees delegates operational authority to the president as the University’s chief executive officer with the expectations of transparency, accountability, performance, collaboration and service as the face and voice of the University.

A senior administrative team of five vice presidents reports to the president and works collaboratively to establish and achieve institutional priorities. This organizational structure provides continuous review of progress against goals and facilitates data-driven decision making.

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Front Row L-R: Kanishka Kelshikar, Z. Paul Akian, Lindsey K. Levine, Dennis McDonagh, Lois C. Schlissel, Jeffrey Bolton, Angela M. Jaggar, Arun Agrawal
Middle Row L-R: Patrick S. Smalley, Frank Angello (Secretary), Loretta Cangialosi, President Christine M. Riordan,
Ronald B. Lee (Chairman), Charles Tolbert, Susan H. Murphy (Vice Chair), Jeffrey R. Greene
Back Row L-R: Helene Sullivan, Humera Qazi, Leonard C. Achan, Paul J. Salerno, Robert B. Willumstad, Katherine Quintana Malone, Thomas F. Motamed, William Tenet


Five Adelphi alumni joined the board of trustees in summer 2016. (Left to right): Kanishka Kelshikar, B.S. ’09; Katherine Quintana Malone, B.B.A. ’09, M.B.A. ’10; Dennis McDonagh, B.A. ’78; Humera Qazi, B.B.A. ’93, M.B.A.; and Leonard C. Achan, B.S. ’99, M.A., R.N., A.N.P.

Ronald B. Lee B.A. ’67
Chairman, Board of Trustees

Founder and Chairman Emeritus

Lee, Nolan and Koroghlian, LLC

Susan Murphy, Ph.D.
Vice-Chair, Board of Trustees

Vice President Emerita
Cornell University

Frank Angello B.B.A. ’77, M.B.A.
Secretary, Board of Trustees

Former Chief Financial Officer

Lighthouse International
Former Chief Financial Officer

JPMorgan Treasury & Securities Services Group

Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D.
President, Adelphi University

Steven N. Fischer
Chairman Emeritus, Board of Trustees
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Mechanical Technology Inc.

Steven L. Isenberg ’00 (Hon.)
Chairman Emeritus, 
Board of Trustees
Former Publisher

New York Newsday

Thomas F. Motamed B.A. ’71, J.D.
Chairman EmeritusBoard of Trustees
Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
CNA Financial Corporation

Leonard C. Achan, B.S. ’99, M.A., R.N., A.N.P
Chief Innovation Officer and Senior Vice President of Innovation and Business Development
Hospital for Special Surgery

Arun K. Agrawal, M.B.A. ’12, M.D.
Founder, President, and CEO
Garden City Medical Services

Loretta Cangialosi B.B.A. ’80
Senior Vice President and Controller
Pfizer, Inc.

William Fuessler
Vice President and Partner 
Global Leader Finance, Risk & Fraud
IBM Global Business Services

Noreen Harrington B.S. ’81
Alternative Investments
MD Sass

Angela M. Jaggar B.S. ’62, M.A. ’65, Ph.D.
Retired Professor
New York University
School of Education

Kanishka Kelshikar B.S. ’09
Investment Banking Associate

Laurence Kessler B.A.’65
Founder and Co-owner

Kessler Restaurants

Lindsey Kupferman Levine M.A. ’02, Ph.D. ’06
Columbia University
Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons

Katherine Quintana Malone B.B.A. ’09, M.B.A. ’10
Senior Global Compensation Analyst
Latham & Watkins

Dennis McDonagh B.A. ’78
Retired Senior Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, Real Estate
The Blackstone Group

Ivaylo Ninov B.S. ’08
Chief Financial Officer
Western Management Corp.

Peter Principato B.A. ’87
Founding Partner

Principato-Young Entertainment

Humera Qazi B.B.A. ’93, M.B.A
Managing Director

Paul Salerno B.B.A. ’76
Retired Managing Partner, Melville Office

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Lois C. Schlissel, J.D.
Managing Attorney; President
Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.

Patrick S. Smalley B.A. ’86
Executive VP and Managing Director


Marc S. Strachan
Vice President Corporate Relations, Constituent Affairs
Diageo, NA

Helene Sullivan B.B.A.’79
Retired Chief Financial Officer

Save the Children

William Tenet B.A. ’75, M.D.
Medical Director

NYU Langone Cardiovascular Associates
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine,

NYU School of Medicine

Charles Tolbert, J.D.
Attorney and Agent
Law Offices of Charles Tolbert

Robert B. Willumstad ’05 (Hon)
Brysam Global Partners

Trustees Emeriti

Richard C. Cahn

Michael J. Campbell ’65

Joan S. Girgus, Ph.D.

Jeffrey R. Greene, M.B.A.

Palmina R. Grella, M.B.A. ’73

John J. Gutleber B.B.A. ’68, M.B.A.’70

Gerry House, Ed.D.

Michael L. Lazarus ’67

Horace G. McDonell, Jr. ’52, ’02 (Hon.)

Leon M. Pollack ’63

Marjorie Weinberg-Berman, M.S. ’61

Barry T. Zeman

Meetings Schedule 

2017 Board of Trustees Meeting Dates

  • 17th Annual President’s Gala—Saturday, March 18, 2017 
  • Sunday, March 19, 2017 and Monday, March 20, 2017
  • Monday, June 12, 2017
  • Sunday, September 17, 2017 and Monday, September 18, 2017
  • Monday, December 11, 2017

2018 Board of Trustees Meeting Dates

  • 18th Annual President’s Gala – Saturday, March 17, 2018
  • Sunday, March 18, 2018 and Monday, March 19, 2018
  • Monday, June 11, 2018
  • Sunday, September 30, 2018 and Monday, October 1, 2018
  • Monday, December 10, 2018