Dr. Matthew Giordano, Villa Maria’s Fourth President
Giordano assumed the role of interim president in July 2018. Under his leadership, the College launched two new academic programs: game design and computer software development, as well as scholarship eSports. Each of these programs were developed in response to the increased demand for jobs in these industries within the Western New York area and beyond. Furthermore, under Dr. Giordano, college leadership created a new strategic plan which will guide the College and its growth through 2021. He has introduced new models of governance at the College, nurturing a collegial atmosphere among the faculty and employees. Giordano has also engaged with several community leaders and elected officials to develop partnerships and support for the institution.
Dr. Giordano has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Philosophy from Binghamton University and both a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in American Literature from the Ohio State University. He successfully completed the Executive Leadership Academy of the Council of Independent Colleges and the Felician Leadership Institute this past year.
Prior to accepting the role of interim president, Giordano served at vice president for academic affairs from 2012 to 2018. During that time, he played a pivotal role in planning and implementing the College’s visionary plan, resulting in major enrollment growth and increased retention, launching new academic programs, including an honors program, and helping to secure grant funding in support of student success, including a $1.8 million Title III grant. He has overseen all aspects of academic leadership at the College; highlights include increasing the number of faculty, starting online learning, overseeing assessment, and significantly enhancing student success efforts.
The Board of Trustees looks forward to continuing to work with Dr. Giordano and his cabinet to continue to move the College forward in living out our mission, promoting our values, and achieving our vision of being the premier student-centered institution in Western New York.
Contact the Office of the President:
Vice President for Enrollment Management