CRANFORD - Union County College has appointed Dr. Regina Riccioni as Dean for the Plainfield Campus. In this role, Dr. Riccioni will oversee all operations for the College’s fastest-growing Campus, which recently opened a new building to showcase health-sciences programs.
Dr. Riccioni joins Union after having served for more than two years as the director of Corporate Education and Training at Edison NJ-based Middlesex Community College, where she was responsible for providing customized training for regional businesses. At Middlesex, she performed a number of duties similar to those of a dean, including community outreach, enrollment analysis, marketing, budget management, classroom scheduling, and grant acquisition.
Dr. Riccioni says, “What excited me about the dean position at Union is the opportunity to have my finger on the pulse of every aspect of Campus life in Plainfield. I’ll be supporting student success, I’ll oversee the robust noncredit services, I’ll strive to grow the credit programing, I’ll be a problem-solver for faculty and staff, and I’ll be reaching out to the Plainfield community to strengthen the ties between the College and residents.”
One of her prior positions was as the assistant dean for the Douglass Project at Rutgers University, where she was responsible for managing a program dedicated to advancing the opportunities for women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Dr. Riccioni also has a background in healthcare, with a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Medicine and Dentistry. As a certified health-education specialist, Dr. Riccioni understands and appreciates the needs of faculty and students on a campus that features Practical Nursing, Paramedic Services, Physical Therapy, and Emergency Medical Services. The Plainfield Campus is also the home of the Muhlenberg/JFK Medical Center partnerships in nursing studies.
She will be joining a campus that opened its new Health Sciences building during the Fall and welcomed the return of its nationally recognized program in American Sign Language/Deaf Studies.
Along with the master’s degree from UMDNJ, Dr. Riccioni has a doctorate in Education and a bachelor of science from Rutgers.
The College has been operating a Plainfield Campus since 1970, having moved to its current location in 1994. The Plainfield Campus occupies a city block between East Second and East Third Streets and Church Street and across Roosevelt Avenue. Almost 15 percent of the College’s total student body takes classes at the Campus.