Office of the President

Villa Maria’s fourth president, Matthew Giordano, Ph.D., is leading the way with purpose, passion, and precision.

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Dr. Matthew Giordano, Villa Maria’s Fourth President

Under Dr. Giordano’s eye, Villa Maria College has cemented its position as the premier student-centered College in Western New York.

A dedicated and proven leader, Dr. Giordano has been an integral part of Villa Maria College’s recent growth. Dr. Giordano has championed the development and launch of three new academic programs, Flexible Business, Game Design and Computer Software Development, as well as scholarship esports. Each of these programs was developed in response to the increased demand for jobs in these industries within the Western New York area and beyond.

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 Villa, nurturing a collegial atmosphere among the faculty and employees. Giordano has also successfully expanded the College’s reach by engaging with several community leaders and elected officials in an effort to develop strategic partnerships and support for the institution.

Educational Background

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 completed the Executive Leadership Academy of the Council of Independent Colleges and the Felician Leadership Institute in 2018.

Personal Life

Originally from Rochester, Dr. Giordano is married to Jennifer Desiderio, a professor of English at Canisius College and has three daughters: Sophia, Alice, and Lucy. The Giordano family resides in Snyder, NY.

Contact the Office of the President

Michaelene Karpinski
Administrative Assistant
[email protected]

Brian Emerson
Media Contact, Vice President of Enrollment
[email protected]
Office: 716.961.1838
Cell: 716.472.7817

Strategic Planning

Our vision is to be the premier student-centered college in Western New York, characterized by an unyielding commitment to serving the needs of individual learners, with:

  • Cutting edge pedagogy guiding and empowering students through individual pathways to academic success;
  • Compassionate and caring faculty members who nurture emerging talent;
  • Robust student life experiences fusing academics and student life into a vibrant whole;
  • Opportunities for the personal development of life skills that help students realize their full potential as human beings;
  • Prudent fiscal management and stewardship in support of a Felician Franciscan environment and student-centered atmosphere.

Recognizing that students are entering college with varying levels of preparation and academic, professional, and social experiences, Villa’s visionary plan builds on and introduces initiatives that meet students at their skill level, providing them with the support and tools to succeed while they are enrolled, and the skills needed after graduation.

Organized around four pillars of success–Felician Franciscan identity, academic excellence, student focus, and stewardship–the plan touches on nearly every aspect of the college in support of serving individual student needs. Villa will foster academic programs that, along with faculty members who can nurture emerging talent, guide and empower students individually to success. The college will also deliver new student life experiences, including opportunities that build life skills to help students realize their full potential. All of these pieces will be afforded through methodical fiscal stewardship in support of a Felician Franciscan and student-centered environment.

Read the full press release
Visionary Plan: 2014-2024
Strategic Plan: 2021-2024
Buffalo Business First
Read coverage of our announcement in Buffalo Business First

About Our President

“It is an extraordinary privilege to be named the fourth president of Villa Maria College, an institution that has served our community with distinction for almost 60 years. Villa’s Catholic, Felician mission, as well as its values of transformation and respect, completely align with my own beliefs and with my convictions about higher education.  I have witnessed Villa’s transformative power on a daily basis, seeing firsthand how it changes and improves the lives of the students and families it touches through its exceptional academic programs and community outreach. I am thrilled to lead the College as it builds off of this enduring legacy to create an even brighter future and as it plays a critical role in the continued resurgence of Western New York.”

– President Matthew Giordano, Ph.D.

Weekly Messages

Dr. Giordano is keeping the community as informed and connected as ever. Watch his weekly messages below.

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