A member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Immaculata, PA, Sister Paula brings to Rivier more than twenty-five years of experience in higher education administration. Formerly Executive Vice President of Administration at Seton Hall University, she has served in senior roles at Anna Maria College, Mount St. Mary University and Immaculata University. She holds an Ed.D. in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A.L.S. in Catholic Studies from Georgetown University, and an M.B.A. from Villanova University.
Sister Paula’s professional service has included extensive experience in the development and implementation of comprehensive master plans and programs which support teaching and learning excellence. As an educator and leader, she has a deep appreciation of the history, vision, and mission of Rivier University to “transform hearts and minds to serve the world.” This mission resonates deeply with the mission of Catholic higher education, the value of the liberal arts, and the community of service engendered by programs of professional study. Sister Paula’s research interests include issues of organizational governance and leadership in higher education.
“Sister Paula Marie is an inspirational leader with enormous energy, vision, talent, experience, and faith. In addition to superb communication, management, motivational, and organization skills, she is noted for her particular abilities to move people and programs to new levels of excellence.”
—Dr. Jamison Hoff, Chair, Rivier University Board of Trustees
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