RUTHERFORD, NJ - After eight years of leading the Franciscan college, Dr. Anne M. Prisco is stepping down as President of Felician University. Prisco announced that she will return to the West Coast to "meet the needs of her family."

Dr. Sylvia McGeary, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Mission Integration, has been appointed by the Board of Trustees to serve as Acting President. 

“I am honored to have served as Felician’s President for the past 8 years. I am very proud of what we have accomplished in our pursuit of combining academic excellence with our values of respect, compassion, justice and peace," Prisco stated. "I now need to turn to the care of my family on the West Coast and explore how I will continue to pursue my lifelong commitment to access and opportunity for all and education and economic development.” 

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Crediting Prisco for leading Felician University during "a time of great transition and development," Chris Swenson, Chairman of the Felician University Board of Trustees said that her work made sure that "Felician delivers a modern education based on timeless values," and that she is leaving the University "positioned well for the future."

"We look forward to continuing our record of providing outstanding programs and graduating students well-prepared to meet the needs of a changing work force, especially during these unprecedented times,” Swesnon said, concluding by offering his appreciation to McGeary for stepping into the role. 

While Felician University reacted to the global pandemic caused by COVID-19 by offering remote learning through the Spring and Summer semesters, University officials said that they anticipate welcoming students onto both of its campuses in the Fall. New growth in online programs such as in Nursing and Computer Science, along with a strong New Jersey base, have helped keep enrollment strong, they said. 

“Felician University is grounded in universal Franciscan values. They complement an academically competitive education," Dr. Sylvia McGeary said. "Our mission of graduating students with competence, character and compassion gives them a competitive edge when seeking employment.

"Our students are the skilled changemakers the world needs now more than ever.”

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