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Felician College Installs Dr. Anne Prisco as President
 
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Dr. Anne Prisco was formally installed on March 15, 2013 as the fifth president of Felician College, a Catholic Franciscan institution founded and sponsored by the Felician Sisters. She is the first lay president in the 70-year history of the College, which has campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey.

The historic ceremony was held in John J. Breslin Auditorium, which followed a celebration of the Eucharist in the Immaculate Conception chapel, both on the Lodi campus. The Most Reverend David M. O’Connell, Bishop of Trenton, was the main celebrant of the Mass.

Dr. Prisco, who arrived at Felician in July 2012, addressed the audience of several hundred including state and local officials, delegates from colleges and universities across the country, faculty, staff, students, and friends and family members who traveled from Italy for the event.

Sister Mary Rosita Brennan, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, welcomed those in attendance and introduced speakers who offered words of congratulations: Most Reverend Manuel A. Cruz, Auxiliary Bishop of Newark; Rochelle Hendricks, New Jersey’s Secretary of Higher Education; Reverend Jeffrey von Arx, President, Fairfield University; Carl Lane, PhD, veteran professor of Felician College; Regina Coyle, President, Felician College Alumni Association; and Victoria Militello, President, Student Government Organization.

Sister Mary Aquinas Szott, Chairperson, Board of Trustees, and Sister Mary Clarette Stryzewski, President, Felician Services, presided over the investiture of Dr. Prisco as president as she received the Presidential Medallion, mace of the College and the Holy Bible.

Dr. Prisco received a rousing standing ovation from the enthusiastic crowd.

In her inaugural address, she said her plans for Felician College include expansion of programs and global initiatives, increasing enrollment and continuing Felician’s commitment to serve a diverse student body. She said renovations will continue on both the Lodi and Rutherford campuses, with a focus on restoring an old library to an education commons that will house state-of-the-art study space and nursing and science labs.

Dr. Prisco, a Brooklyn native and a first-generation college graduate, holds a doctorate from Columbia University. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Fordham University. Her career in academia spans more than 30 years.

Dr. Prisco lives in Rutherford with her husband Stephen Sergi, a business professor at Felician College. The couple has two grown sons, Zachary and Louis.

Felician College, the Franciscan College of New Jersey, is a liberal arts, coeducational Catholic college founded in 1942 and sponsored by the Felician Sisters. True to its mission, Felician College welcomes a diverse student population and embraces their educational needs. With campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey, Felician College currently enrolls more than 2,200 students and offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate programs in the classroom and online in the arts and sciences, business and management sciences, health sciences and teacher education. In 2012, the Division of Nursing and Health Management added a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) to the College’s roster of degrees. Felician College offers 10 varsity interscholastic sports that compete at the NCAA Division II level.