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Christine M. Riordan Ph.,D.


Adelphi University

Christine M. Riordan, PhD, is the first woman to serve as president of Adelphi University. An internationally known expert in leadership development, team building, and diversity and inclusion, she is recognized for groundbreaking initiatives to personalize and transform the higher education experience.

Upon her appointment, Dr. Riordan worked with members from across Adelphi to create a new strategic plan, Momentum, outlining transformational goals to strengthen the academic experience, deepen the commitment to student success, enhance the diversity and inclusion, increase fundraising, and earn Adelphi national recognition as a modern metropolitan university.

Since the start of the strategic plan, enrollment has since grown by 10 percent and the University has admitted the four most diverse classes in its history. Seventeen new degree programs and 11 accelerated dual degree programs have been launched. Alumni giving is at an all-time high. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Adelphi as a Best College, a Best College for First-Year Experiences, a Best College for Veterans, a Best Value School, and a Best Performer on Social Mobility. The University has also been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and earned the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.

Dr. Riordan previously served as provost of the University of Kentucky and as dean of the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. She has published nearly 70 academic and business press articles, and her work has been cited more than 5,400 times by other authors.


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