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Committee Remarks

To introduce the president-elect to the Adelphi community, we asked the members of the search committee to offer some thoughts and observations about Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D. Here is what they said:

The board is very excited by the appointment of Dr. Riordan as the University’s 10th president and looks forward to her leading Adelphi into an exciting new phase, building on the legacy of President Scott.

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

In a pool of very strong candidates, Chris Riordan quickly emerged as the clear choice to be Adelphi’s 10th president, receiving unanimous support from the students, faculty and trustees on the search committee. Dr. Riordan’s impressive record of scholarly achievement, administrative experience and leadership skill make her the ideal person to lead Adelphi University through the next decade and beyond.

Robert Bornstein, Ph.D.
Professor, Adelphi University Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology

Chris Riordan’s past record makes it clear that she is the sort of leader that people are thrilled to be led by. Her accomplishments are diverse and impressive, including elevating a school to an entirely new level, achieving great success in fundraising and addressing admissions issues creatively and ultimately, with astonishing positive results.

Richard Garner, Ph.D
Dean, Adelphi University Honors College

I am proud to have served on the search committee with a variety of University constituents who are all firmly dedicated to Adelphi and its future success. Chris Riordan’s varied experiences in higher education are an asset to Adelphi. She understands Adelphi academically and our commitment to strong interdisciplinary programming. Her arts and sciences and professional backgrounds and most recent position as provost for a blend of 16 arts and science and professional schools give her a unique understanding of the academic character and landscape of Adelphi. Her experiences and commitment both personally and professionally will only help to propel Adelphi forward.

Chantal N. Hamlin ’07, J.D.
Adelphi University Trustee
Interim Executive Director, Brooklyn Jubilee

We were fortunate to have an enormously strong pool of candidates and Chris was the complete package. Our global search resulted in uncovering a gem. She is strong academically as well as having been a dean of a business school and a provost of a top tier research institution. Chris Riordan has the leadership skills to lead the University, and her presidency is a historic moment in Adelphi history as our first woman president.

Noreen Harrington ’81
Adelphi University Trustee
Alternative Investments, MD Sass

As a student, I feel confident that Dr. Riordan will provide resources and opportunities for students to ensure that they have the best chance at succeeding in any endeavor they wish to pursue within and outside of the Adelphi community. Often, Adelphi has been referred to as a “hidden gem.” The members of the Adelphi community recognize and value the characteristics that make this university unique; however, the University has not received the national recognition it truly deserves. I believe that Dr. Riordan will take Adelphi to the next level while also respecting the history and culture that it has established.

Dilara Islam
Adelphi University Undergraduate, Class of 2016, Mathematics Major and Levermore Global Scholar, College of Arts and Sciences

Chris has demonstrated an ever increasing level of responsibility, accountability and achievement while earning the respect of her colleagues.

Thomas F. Motamed ’71, J.D.
Vice-chair, Adelphi University Board of Trustees
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CNA Financial Corporation

Chris Riordan brings terrific experience as a seasoned academic administrator to her new position. She is highly regarded for her strategic thinking about higher education, her ability to bring together many communities to develop a shared vision for the future and her strong connections with faculty, staff, students and the alumni. She will build on Bob Scott’s incredible tenure and take Adelphi into the 21st century with energy and passion.

Susan H. Murphy, Ph.D.
Adelphi University Trustee
Vice President for Student and Academic Services, Cornell University

Chris Riordan is an exciting president for an exciting time in higher education. Her previous record indicates that she is a strong leader with a great ability to engage both the on-campus and off-campus communities in order to help her institution excel. Through this she will continue to build upon the impressive record of excellence at Adelphi that has occurred during President Scott’s leadership.

Andrea Ward, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Adelphi University College of Arts and Sciences

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