Executive Vice President and
Provost Search

Adelphi University Welcomes Steve Everett, D.M.A., as New Provost and Executive Vice President

Dear Adelphi community,

I am thrilled to announce that Steve Everett, D.M.A., will join us as Adelphi’s next provost and executive vice president.

As our new chief academic officer, Dr. Everett’s broad experience and bold, creative vision will drive our personalized approach to higher education. Additionally, he will help build a collaborative partnership with our faculty, administration and staff, and provide innovative leadership in the implementation of our vision for Adelphi’s future through Momentum: The Strategic Plan for Adelphi University 2015-2021.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Everett and welcoming him to our community, where I am confident he will propel our eight esteemed colleges and professional schools, as well as the University Libraries, into the exciting future we have envisioned.

Dr. Everett’s appointment as Adelphi’s provost and executive vice president will begin no later than July 1, 2018.

As you know, our provost search committee began its nationwide search in 2017. More than 150 candidates applied and, after extensive review, the search committee selected 15 candidates for a preliminary interview. They then narrowed this group to six, who were interviewed by executive leadership. Three candidates came to campus for a confidential interview process that included faculty, staff, students, leadership and members of Adelphi University’s Board of Trustees.

Dr. Everett’s outstanding qualifications and compelling ideas very quickly elevated him to the short list of final candidates. His visit to campus and with community members in February helped affirm that Dr. Everett was the right fit for Adelphi’s leadership–today and beyond. The board of trustees ratified our selection this morning.

A widely respected and extensively accomplished composer, conductor and professor of music, Dr. Everett is currently dean of the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts and professor of music at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In this role, he oversees four schools with numerous programs, as well as the Gallery 400 art gallery, the renowned Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and the university’s UIC Innovation Center–an exciting interdisciplinary research center and incubation hub that bridges research and education with industry.

The search committee, the board of trustees, members of the community who met Dr. Everett, and I all agree that Dr. Everett’s initiatives are a powerful indicator of the innovation, leadership and world-class academic ideals he will bring to the role of provost at Adelphi. His recent achievements align closely with our aspirations as a university, including developing innovative academic programs; expanding industry and University partnerships locally and around the world; building pioneering instructional technology labs for exploring research and teaching strategies; and launching his college’s first online and hybrid courses.

His work at the University of Illinois at Chicago was preceded by 23 years at Emory University in Atlanta, where he served as assistant vice provost for academic affairs, among other leadership positions. At Emory, he also served as president of the University Senate, chair of the Faculty Council, chair of the Department of Music and interim director of the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry. Dr. Everett also co-chaired the university’s Commission on the Liberal Arts, a task force created to explore innovative ways to enrich the liberal arts experience. In 1998, Dr. Everett received the Mayor’s Fellowship in the Arts, awarded by the City of Atlanta, the city’s highest recognition of artistic achievement.

In addition to these accomplishments and honors, Dr. Everett has been a visiting professor at Princeton University, a guest composer at numerous conservatories around the world and a noted researcher. As a result of two medical research projects, he was awarded a courtesy faculty appointment to the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation. Dr. Everett earned his doctoral degree in composition from the University of Illinois and received two master’s degrees, in music theory and trumpet performance, from Florida State University.

I would like to thank everyone who contributed to reaching this exciting decision–the search committee for their diligence, Dr. Perry Greene and Dr. Beth Christensen for their leadership, and members of the Adelphi community for sharing their feedback.

All the best,

President Christine M. Riordan Signature

Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D.

» See Dr. Everett’s CV


For further information, please contact:

Office of the President
Levermore Hall, Room 100
p - 516.877.3700
e - president@adelphi.edu