For a second year in a row, Villa Maria College has reported a positive growth in its enrollment. The incoming class grew by 8% from the previous year, increasing the College’s total enrollment to nearly 600 students.
This growth is attributed to the successful implementation of the College’s Visionary Plan, which led to the launch of new academic programs, student support programs, and intercollegiate athletics.
The enrollment increase is also attributed to the addition of two new academic programs: Digital Filmmaking and Digital Media and Communication. Both are four year programs. These programs, along with the 16 academic programs Villa had already established, created a strong interest in the College. Furthermore, the start of the College’s cross country, golf, and bowling teams demonstrated that the College’s athletic program, which already included basketball and soccer, continues to attract new students to Villa.
“This continued growth is a sign that people are interested in the student-centered academic programs that Villa Maria offers” said Brian Emerson, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Services. “Villa is in one of the strongest positions it has held in its history, and there is excitement and energy on campus as we continue to grow and serve the needs of Western New York”.
The growth of the College has led to the hire of 8 new faculty members, all of whom will directly support Villa Maria students. The following faculty members joined the Villa community in 2016:
- Jennifer D’Alessandro, Instructor, Business Administration
- Donovan Douglas, Assistant Professor, Animation
- John Fucile, Instructor, Digital Filmmaking
- Michelle Kearns, Instructor, Digital Media and Communication
- Lynn Marie Witt, Assistant Professor and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, Occupational Therapy Assistant
In addition, Julie Zack has returned as Assistant Professor, Graphic Design and both Lee Terwilliger, Instructor, Animation, and Dr. Will Meyer, Assistant Professor, Social Science and Title III Professional Development Coordinator, were promoted from part-time to full-time faculty.
“We are extremely excited about the new full-time faculty members we hired for the 2016-2017 academic year” said Dr. Matthew Giordano, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “With their wealth of expertise, they represent a major infusion of talent into what was already an impressive and accomplished cadre of teaching faculty. Their enthusiasm, innovative ideas, and years of experience in industry and academia will directly translate into exceptional learning opportunities for our students and for the community at large, helping Villa Maria College continue to be the premier student-centered college in Western New York.”