Rivier University

420 South Main Street

Nashua, NH 03060


Rivier College celebrates the inauguration of
Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM

inauguration medalRivier College celebrated the Presidential Inauguration of Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, on Friday, November 18, 2011. The Rivier College Board of Trustees and members of the College community welcomed distinguished guests to campus for the Inaugural Ceremony, in which Sister Paula was presented with the College’s chain of office and installed as the College’s 12th President.

Greetings were presented to Sister Paula on behalf of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary; the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary; the national academic community; the New Hampshire academic community; the Greater Nashua business community; as well as on behalf of Rivier College students, faculty, staff/administration, and alumni.

Prior to the Inaugural Ceremony, the College celebrated the Mass of the Holy Spirit and joined together as a community for the President’s Luncheon.  

Biography of Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM
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. 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.

Throughout her career, Sister Paula has served in senior leadership posts at a number of institutions on the east coast, supporting aspirational teaching and learning environments. Her first administrative position was as Vice President for Financial Affairs at Immaculata University in Immaculata, Pennsylvania, where she was responsible for finance, capital projects, and technology. As Executive Vice President and Treasurer at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, she was charged with the implementation of a strategic planning process, which included campus master planning, capital financing, and technology innovation.

In her role as Executive Vice President for Administration at Seton Hall University in Newark, New Jersey, she oversaw numerous administrative functions of the University, including finance, technology, student affairs, enrollment management, athletics, advancement, human resources, and compliance. Prior to joining the Rivier College community, Sister Paula served as Executive vice President at Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts, where she facilitated the work of the chief academic and development officers.

In addition to extensive administrative experience, Sister Paula has taught at the post-secondary level. At Immaculata University, she served as a dissertation advisor in the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program and taught economics, management, and marketing in the University’s accelerated degree program. In addition, she taught courses on religious life and Christian spirituality.

Sister Paula is a member of the Boards of Trustees of the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio and the College of Mount St. Vincent in Riverdale, New York and a member of the editorial review board for Planning for Higher Education. She was recently appointed to the board of the New Hampshire College and University Council.

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