She succeeds President Sister Theresa Mary Martin, whose innovative vision and steadfast guidance were the hallmarks of her unprecedented 28-year tenure.
“The depth and breadth of Dr. Prisco’s academic and leadership experience together with a deep understanding of the Felician/Franciscan Mission, make her uniquely qualified to lead the College to further prominence and distinction,”said Sister M. Aquinas Szott, Chair, Presidential Search Committee Chair, Board of Trustees.
“Dr. Prisco brings to Felician more than 30 years of experience in higher education, where she has served in a number of roles including administrator, faculty member, consultant, and policy researcher,” added Sister Aquinas.
“I am honored and humbled to be entrusted with the future of an institution with such a rich legacy of success,” said Dr. Prisco. “As a first generation college attendee from Brooklyn, New York, I am passionate about the importance of higher education. My life has been committed to supporting educational access and opportunity. I understand and appreciate the zeal with which the Felician Sisters are dedicated to serving individuals of diverse means and backgrounds. It is with this inspiration, and commitment to the Felician Sisters and the entire Felician College community, that I will serve with passion and dedication to set the course for a vibrant and progressive future.”
Dr. Prisco, who will have the distinction of becoming the College’s first lay president, will take office on July 1st.
Dr Prisco has held several senior administration appointments where she has successfully led strategic enrollment plans, internationalization initiatives, and secured external grants and funding. As Vice President for Enrollment Management at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, she was responsible for the coordination and implementation of enrollment planning and management, including the launch of an international outreach program and securing several grants focused on transfer students. Dr. Prisco also taught in the School of Education’s doctoral program and the Department of Economics.
Before accepting the position at Loyola Marymount, Dr. Prisco was Vice Provost at Hunter College of the City University of New York, with responsibility for a myriad of areas that supported faculty and students and promoted the academic mission of that urban institution. She also worked with Lehman College, CUNY.
Dr. Prisco earned her bachelor's degree in family and consumer science at the University of Arizona, where she graduated summa cum laude and was named Outstanding Senior of the College of Agriculture. She earned an MBA in finance from Fordham University, and her Ph.D. in an interdisciplinary program in economics and education from Columbia University.
Her research and scholarly interests are in the areas of education and human capital, including educational access, financing and leadership. She has presented at numerous conferences and held several faculty appointments, including St. John's University, New York, where she taught courses in economics and management. Her interest in international education is reflected in her research policy work with New York University's Alliance for International Higher Education Policy Studies and her dissertation research that examined wage rates, educational access, and socioeconomic disparities in Italy.
“The competitive nature of higher education has multiplied exponentially in the last few years,” said Dr. Charles F. Rooney, senior executive vice president of Felician. “Dr. Prisco’s unique experience in the recruitment and retention of students through a variety of venues, along with her academic experience, portends to serve Felician College well as it moves to new levels as the Franciscan College of New Jersey.”
The search for a new president began last fall, when Sister Theresa announced that she planned to step down at the end of the academic year. A presidential search committee, lead by Sister Aquinas, was convened. The committee, which was comprised of Trustees, Regents, administrators and faculty, worked with a search firm to identify qualified candidates for the position. “This is an important step for Felician College,” said Regina T. Coyle, President of the Alumni Association. “Sister Theresa led the college to a place of distinction. Now, Dr. Prisco will help us meet the challenges before us and catapult the college into an exciting future.”
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