Felician University Announces Leadership Changes for Fall 2018-19 Academic Year

Rutherford and Lodi, NJ, July 31, 2018 - Felician University today announced changes in its senior leadership team as the University prepares for the start of its 2018-19 academic year.

In making the announcement, Felician University President, Anne M. Prisco, Ph.D. said, "The Felician community welcomes these changes as an opportunity to continue to further our student-centric mission of providing the highest quality education possible."

Christine Cloutier Mihal, Ed.D., R.N., has been appointed as Dean of the University's School of Nursing. In her previous position as Associate Dean, Dr. Mihal helped to create and grow the Fast Track RN-BSN academic program, which offers RNs seeking to achieve a leadership role in patient care and management an opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing within 15-months.

Dr. Mihal brings 34 years of nursing education experience - 16 years at Felician - to her new role as Dean of the School of Nursing. She remains committed to the "science and art of nursing," and dedicated to preparing graduates who are both proficient and compassionate and will excel in their roles as professional nurses.  

Deidre Letson-Christofalo, Ph.D., has been appointed as Dean of the University's School of Business and Center for Innovation and Professional Studies. Dr. Christofalo joined Felician earlier this spring as Dean of Innovation and Professional Studies.  She was previously Vice President of Adult and Online Education at Centenary University.  

Dr. Christofalo has more than 14 years of senior-level leadership experience in higher education. Among other responsibilities, Dr. Christofalo has managed accreditation processes, assessment, faculty development and evaluations, curriculum development and related academic administrative work. She brings a focus on growing online programs that prepare students for today’s technology-infused careers. Dr. Christofalo is excited to bring new opportunities, such as an innovation lab, that allows students to engage in technology and entrepreneurial experiences that prepare them for the critical and innovative thinking required in today’s workforce.

Sylvia McGeary, Ph.D., currently Executive Director for Mission Integration, has been appointed as the University's Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Mission Integration. Dr. McGeary came to Felician University in 2009 as Assistant Professor, Religious Studies after serving as adjunct faculty at Caldwell College in the Graduate Pastoral Ministry Program. She received a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Religion and Education from Fordham University (2001 - 2005).  

In 2013, Dr. McGeary was appointed Associate Dean for Social and Behavioral Sciences and was later promoted to Associate Professor of Religious Studies in 2015. She has also served as a Student Academic Success advisor, specializing in advising undeclared students and is a member of the planning committee for Felician University’s Annual John Paul II Social Justice Lecture Series. In 2017 Dr. McGeary and Professor Stephen Sergi presented “Diverse Teaching Strategies for Diverse Learners” at the NYU Faculty Resource Network’s gathering in New Orleans.  

Steven E. Goetsch, currently Associate Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing, has been promoted to Vice President of Enrollment Management. Goetsch, who first joined Felician in 2012 as Assistant Vice President of Enrollment, returned to the University earlier this year. Goetsch has a wealth of experience in employing world-class marketing strategies to grow the student body and heighten retention.  He most recently served as Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management at Keene State College in New Hampshire.  


"On behalf of our Board of Trustees, students, faculty, staff and the entire University community, I welcome these very talented, experienced and dedicated academic leaders to their new roles, and wish them continued success as they bring new ideas and foster exciting new programs to attract, retain and graduate students at Felician University," Dr. Prisco said.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristopher LaGreca