LODI, NJ -- Dr. Anne Prisco was formally installed on March 15 as the fifth president of Felician College, a Catholic Franciscan institution founded and sponsored by the Felician Sisters. She is the first lay president in the 70-year history of the College, which has campuses in Lodi and Rutherford.
The historic ceremony was held in John J. Breslin Auditorium, which followed a celebration of the Eucharist in the Immaculate Conception chapel, both on the Lodi campus. The Most Reverend David M. O’Connell, Bishop of Trenton, was the main celebrant of the Mass.
Dr. Prisco, who arrived at Felician in July 2012, addressed the audience of several hundred including state and local officials, delegates from colleges and universities across the country, faculty, staff, students, and friends and family members who traveled from Italy for the event.
Sister Mary Rosita Brennan, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, welcomed those in attendance and introduced speakers who offered words of congratulations: Most Reverend Manuel A. Cruz, Auxiliary Bishop of Newark; Rochelle Hendricks, New Jersey’s Secretary of Higher Education; Reverend Jeffrey von Arx, President, Fairfield University; Carl Lane, PhD, veteran professor of Felician College; Regina Coyle, President, Felician College Alumni Association; and Victoria Militello, President, Student Government Organization.
Sister Mary Aquinas Szott, Chairperson, Board of Trustees, and Sister Mary Clarette Stryzewski, President, Felician Services, presided over the investiture of Dr. Prisco as president as she received the Presidential Medallion, mace of the College and the Holy Bible.
Dr. Prisco received a rousing standing ovation from the enthusiastic crowd.
In her inaugural address, she said her plans for Felician College include expansion of programs and global initiatives, increasing enrollment and continuing Felician’s commitment to serve a diverse student body. She said renovations will continue on both the Lodi and Rutherford campuses, with a focus on restoring an old library to an education commons that will house state-of-the-art study space and nursing and science labs.
Dr. Prisco, a Brooklyn native and a first-generation college graduate, holds a doctorate from Columbia University. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Fordham University. Her career in academia spans more than 30 years.
Dr. Prisco lives in Rutherford with her husband Stephen Sergi, a business professor at Felician College. The couple has two grown sons, Zachary and Louis.