Presidential Finalists to visit campus April 10-12

Presidential Finalists to visit campus April 10-12

Felician College announced today that two finalists will interview for the position of president to succeed Sister Theresa Mary Martin when she retires in July 2012. They are Dr. Angela Durante, provost at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois, and Dr. Anne Prisco, vice president for enrollment management at Loyola Marymount University.

Each of the two candidates has a wealth of higher education experience in Catholic higher education. The search for the new president attracted a diverse and highly qualified group of candidates from across the country and internationally. The number and the quality of applicants speak to Felician College’s growing reputation and broad recognition it has received for the quality of its programs.

The Felician College presidential search committee conducted an extensive review of the entire candidate pool and after in-depth preliminary interviews, selected the following finalists (in alphabetical order) to visit the college and meet with campus constituents.


Dr. Durante
  • Angela Durante, Ph.D., has been Provost at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois since 2008. During the 2009-2010 academic year, she also served as Interim President. Previously, for nine years, she was at Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois and was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Academic Associate to the Provost.

    Dr. Durante's career in higher education spans 32 years. Over this time she has held both administrative and faculty positions. At National-Louis University, also in Chicago, she was Director of the University Division of Continuing Education and Outreach and Division Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. She also has been Vice President for Enrollment Management and Planning at Aurora University, Illinois; Director of University Affairs at Fordham University, New York; Director of University Relations Planning and Operations at the University of Missouri-Columbia; and University Relations Manager at Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey. Her faculty appointments have been in sociology and adult education departments.

    Dr. Durante has served as Chair of the Illinois Network of Women Leaders in Higher Education sponsored by the American Council on Education. She has been named among the “100 Women to Watch” by Today’s Chicago Woman and, most recently in 2010, the National Diversity Council recognized her among its Most Powerful and Influential Women in Illinois.

    A sociologist, Dr. Durante earned the master’s and doctoral degrees at Fordham University. Her bachelor’s degree is in art from New Jersey City University. She was the recipient of a Dow Jones Fellowship and she completed the Certificate in Management and Leadership in Higher Education at Harvard University. Her scholarly interests are in sociological impacts within higher education.



Dr. Prisco
  • Dr. Anne M. Prisco currently serves as Vice President for Enrollment Management at Loyola Marymount University. Dr. Prisco assumed this role in 2006 and is responsible for the coordination, policy development, and implementation of enrollment planning and management. This includes strategic planning of the student life cycle, from recruitment through graduation, collaborating on academic policies and services, the university's internationalization efforts and, she works closely with the academic leadership and across the institution on enrollment and retention initiatives. Dr. Prisco also teaches in the School of Education doctoral program and the Department of Economics.

    Dr. Prisco brings to her position 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. Throughout her career, she has worked successfully with diverse communities. Prior to arriving at LMU, Dr. Prisco was the Vice Provost at Hunter College of the City University of New York, with responsibility for a myriad of areas that supported student success and promoted the academic mission of this urban institution. She also worked with Lehman College, CUNY, located in the Bronx, NY, a majority-minority institution. As the Associate Provost, she led a portfolio of departments focused on enrollment and academic programs and services. Dr. Prisco was an educational advocate in the Bronx, supporting the work for a number of high school outreach programs as well as grant projects.

    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; holds an MBA in finance from Fordham University; and earned her M.Phil. and Ph.D. in an interdisciplinary program in economics and education from Columbia University.

    Her research and scholarly interest 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, where she taught courses in economics and management. Her interest in international education is reflected in her research policy work with NYU's Alliance for International Higher Education Policy Studies and her dissertation, "Trends in Wage Inequality in Italy during the 1990s: Why a University Degree Now Matters," an empirical study that examined educational access and socioeconomic disparities.

In September 2011, Felician’s Board of Trustees appointed an 11-member Presidential Search Committee, chaired by trustee Sister Mary Aquinas Szott, to fill the position of the president. The committee hired the firm of Witt Keiffer to conduct the presidential search. Open forums with the college community provided information to the committee about the desired qualifications of the next president.

“The Presidential Search Committee is delighted with the strength of the academic leaders as finalists for the next president of Felician College,” said Szott. “Each candidate has demonstrated a passion for education and students in their approach to higher education over their respective careers. We were pleased with the candidate response.”

The next step in the selection process is a visit to the college by the candidates to meet in open forums with the campus community. The visits are scheduled for April 10-12, 2012.

Click here for more information on the search process.

Dr. Durante's curriculum vitae is available for review by clicking here

Dr. Prisco's curriculum vitae is available for review by clicking here

About Felician College

Felician College is a liberal arts, co-educational, Catholic, Franciscan college located on two campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey. Founded in 1942 by the Felician Sisters, Felician College currently enrolls more than 2,400 students in more than 55 undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts and sciences, business and management sciences, health sciences and teacher education. This year, the Division of Nursing and Health Management added a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) to the roster of degrees offered by the College.

In addition, Felician offers 10 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II level. The 2011 edition of America’s Best Colleges published by U.S. News & World Report identified Felician as one of the Best Regional Colleges in the northern region of the country and among the top six colleges in the region for racial and ethnic diversity. For more information visit