President Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D.

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President Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D.


March 9, 2016

President Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D.


Adelphi University President Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized expert in leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and team performance. Dr. Riordan is the first woman to serve as president of Adelphi.

Since beginning her appointment as Adelphi University’s 10th president in July 2015, she has worked with colleagues from across the University to establish priorities in enrollment and revenue generation, campus engagement, and diversity and inclusion.

Dr. Riordan has published more than 60 academic and business press articles and has received numerous awards for her academic and practitioner work. She consults regularly with organizations and is a frequent speaker on leadership, strategy, diversity and inclusion, and team performance.

Dr. Riordan serves on the board of directors of RE/MAX Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:RMAX) and on its audit committee. She is on the board of directors of the National Chorale, New York’s premier professional choral company, and the Long Island Association (LIA), a leading organization on Long Island. She is also a member of the Long Island Regional Advisory Council on Higher Education (LIRACHE) and is a member of the President’s Advisory Council at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dare to Be Extraordinary

Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D. will dare you to be extraordinary and share her thoughts on the three things extraordinary people have in common: passion, courage and resilience.


About Adelphi: A modern metropolitan university with a personalized approach to higher learning.

Adelphi University, New York, is a highly awarded, nationally ranked, powerfully connected doctoral research university dedicated to transforming students’ lives through small classes with world-class faculty, hands-on learning and innovative ways to support academic and career success. Adelphi offers exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training, with particular strength in our Core Four—Arts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, the Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness.

Recognized as a Best College by U.S. News & World Report, Adelphi is Long Island’s oldest private coeducational university. It serves more than 8,100 students at its beautiful main campus in Garden City, New York—just 23 miles from New York City’s cultural and internship opportunities—and at dynamic learning hubs in Manhattan, the Hudson Valley and Suffolk County, as well as online.

More than 115,000 Adelphi graduates have gained the skills to thrive professionally as active, engaged citizens, making their mark on the University, their communities and the world.

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