Following a national search, Dr. Michael Gargano, of Hartford, has been selected to serve as president of St. Vincent's College. He will lead the College into its 25th anniversary year, with a focus on expanding academic programming, enhancing student experiences, and increasing financial aid resources. His tenure will commence February 15, 2016. Anita T. Gliniecki, of Monroe, has served as interim president of St. Vincent's College since Martha K. Shouldis, Ed.D.'s retirement in July.
"Dr. Gargano's extensive experience at high caliber educational institutions is exactly the leadership we want as we begin the College's next quarter century," stated Stuart G. Marcus, MD, president and CEO, St. Vincent's Medical Center. "His unwavering commitment to academic excellence will serve the College well as we prepare and graduate the next generation of our healthcare workforce to meet the demands of our transforming national healthcare delivery system."
A seasoned and highly respected professional, Dr. Gargano brings administrative, institutional, and departmental knowledge garnered over more than three decades to St. Vincent's College. He has held leadership positions at the Connecticut State College & University System, the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, Louisiana State University System, University of Massachusetts Amherst, George Washington University, University of Rhode Island, and the University of Hartford. Throughout his career, he has championed the mission and vision of each institution, always with a focus on improving academic quality and expanding academic programs.
As Vice President for Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, Dr. Gargano was responsible for facilitating interdisciplinary teaching, research and creative program development while making use of new learning technologies and methods. In addition, he oversaw academic support functions including admissions, financial aid, and registration; established affirmative action goals; sustained the institution's infrastructure and facilities; and was responsible for institutional accreditation.
"St. Vincent's has first rate, accomplished and expert faculty, students with a yearning to learn, a Medical Center that provides a comprehensive clinical and didactic experience, an affiliation with Ascension, the nation's largest Catholic and non-profit healthcare system, and a dedicated Board of Trustees," Dr. Gargano explained. "I couldn't ask for a better place from which to begin and I look forward to building on its strong foundation of excellence."
St. Vincent's College, a subsidiary of St. Vincent's Medical Center, provides associate degree programs in Nursing, Medical Assisting, Radiography, and General Studies as well as bachelor's degree completion programs in Nursing, Radiologic Sciences, and Healthcare Leadership. It also offers a wide range of online courses and short-term certificate programs leading to health careers.
"On behalf of everyone at St. Vincent's College, we thank Anita for shepherding us through this transition," stated Dr. Marcus. "She has been simply magnificent. Her experience was invaluable in providing stability to our faculty, students, and staff as we ready ourselves for the next chapter under Dr. Gargano's stewardship."