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President Emeritus Robert A. Scott

Dr. Robert A. Scott was appointed by the University’s Board of Trustees as the school’s ninth President and professor of anthropology and sociology in July 2000.

News Release – July 12, 2016

The Board of Trustees of Adelphi University announced today that Dr. Robert A. Scott, President Emeritus and University Professor, has announced his intention to retire. After serving 15 successful years as President, Dr. Scott completed a sabbatical year during which he spent the fall term as Senior Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Oxford and is completing a book on university governance and leadership for the Johns Hopkins University Press. For this year and next, Dr. Scott has an appointment as a Frederick Lewis Allen Room Scholar at the New York Public Library.

The Adelphi community expresses its gratitude and admiration for Dr. Scott, and wishes him well in all that he does.

See Dr. Scott’s biography for a list of his accomplishments as president.

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Robert A. Scott serves on the following boards:


  • In 2013, Grant-Thorton dedicated its annual publication, “The State of Higher Education 2013”, to Dr. Scott
  • Named one of 100 Most Influential Long Islanders by Long Island Business News
  • The Harbor Child Care Distinguished Service Award
  • The Huntington Chamber of Commerce-Regional Business Partnership Award for Excellence in Higher Education
  • The Association for Commerce Industry and Technology Award for Distinguished service in the field of Higher Education
  • The Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Hispanic Counseling Center
  • The Garden City Chamber of Commerce Achievement Award
  • The “David” Award for Community Service and excelling in one’s profession from Networking Magazine
  • The Spirit of Long Island Award for Education
  • The Community Service Award from the Mineola-Garden City Chamber of Commerce
  • The Award of Achievement from Public Relations Professionals of Long Island
  • The 2010 Award for weekly editorial writing from the Press Club of Long Island
  • The 2008 Chief Executive Award from CASE – the Council for the Advancement and support of Education (District II)
  • Recipient of the prestigious 2008 Chief Executive Leadership Award by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District II.
    December 2007
  • Selected to Participate in International Higher Education Forum
    June 2006
  • Named One of the 100 Most Influential Long Islanders by Long Island Business News
    January 2005
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