SRU Good News for March 18, 2009
'72 Rock graduate becomes president of St. Joseph's College
F. Dennis Riegelnegg, a 1972 Slippery Rock University graduate, has been named president of St. Joseph's College in Indiana. He starts July 1 as the Catholic institution's third lay president.
"My wife, Patti, and I are very excited about becoming part of the SJC community," Riegelnegg said. "We find SJC to be a very cordial and accepting community and a place where we want to be. Faith, family and community are extremely important."
Riegelnegg said his goals are to increase enrollment, retention and fundraising. "I want to be involved in work that will change the lives of students in profound ways," he said.
"With a proven record in higher education, Dr. Riegelnegg makes for an excellent addition to the SJC family," said Larry Laudick, chairman of the college's board.
St. Joseph's College, in Rensselaer, is a four-year, Catholic liberal arts college that offers 75 majors, minors and pre-professional programs. It is located 90 minutes from Indianapolis.
Riegelnegg spent 13 years as vice president for student development at St. Francis University. He also has extensive consulting and evaluation experience with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. He served as reviewer at the following institutions: Bloomfield College, Roberts Wesleyan College, Universidad del Turarbo, American University of Puerto Rico, Hostos Community College, St. Peter's University and American University of Beirut.
He received his master's degree in guidance and counseling and a bachelor's degree in secondary education from SRU and a doctorate in administration and policy studies in higher education at the University of Pittsburgh.
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.
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