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Rivier University appoints new Vice President for Student Experience

Dr. Hank Parkinson will support the highest levels of student engagement, retention, and graduation.

Dr. Hank Parkinson joins Rivier University as Vice President for Student Success.Rivier University has appointed Dr. Hank Parkinson as Vice President for Student Experience. With more than 20 years of experience in higher education administration, student development, and building inclusive environments, he brings broad leadership and a commitment to student success and the co-curricular experience to the University.

Dr. Parkinson previously served as Dean of Students at Fitchburg State University, in addition to other key leadership roles at Fitchburg State and Bryant University. In addition, Dr. Parkinson was a co-owner and leadership consultant at LTE Consulting, a leadership education and technology consulting firm.

Dr. Parkinson’s leadership will be valued in the areas of student engagement, multicultural programming, residence life, student health and wellness, campus ministry, and public safety. As a member of the senior administration team, he will contribute innovative leadership to support the highest levels of student engagement, retention, and graduation.

“Rivier benefits from Dr. Parkinson’s strong leadership and broad perspective,” says Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, Rivier’s President. “His depth and breadth of experience, as well as his dedication to student engagement, will serve to continuously advance our mission and elevate the Rivier experience for all students.”

He has authored several professional articles, spoken at conferences throughout New England, and served on numerous advisory boards to advance leadership development and programs for students and higher education professionals. Currently, he serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Montachusett Opportunity Council and is Vice Chair of the Ashburnham Parks and Recreation Committee.

“I am fully committed to advancing our students’ growth and success,” says Dr. Parkinson. “My goal is to create a positive student experience that fosters respect for all people. I believe each person has something unique to offer and will work collaboratively to build a sense of belonging and community among Rivier students.”

Dr. Parkinson holds a Doctorate in Education from Nova Southeastern University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Sacred Heart University, and he completed his undergraduate work in management at Quinnipiac University. His dissertation focused on the “Evaluation of an Undergraduate Leadership Development Program.”

Rivier University offers more than 70 degree programs from the associate to doctoral levels. Information on these programs can be found at Prospective students can contact the Office of Admissions at (603) 897-8507 or for assistance with questions and the application process.