Regional College & University Presidents’ Alliance

The Presidents’ Alliance leverages relationships between higher education leaders and the business and civic communities to provide opportunities for collaboration and advocacy on issues critical to the development of a skilled workforce.

Regional College & University Presidents’ Alliance

The Presidents’ Alliance leverages relationships between higher education leaders and the business and civic communities to provide opportunities for collaboration and advocacy on issues critical to the development of a skilled workforce.

ABOUT THE ALLIANCE

The Presidents’ Alliance is comprised of higher education leaders across the region who commit their time and efforts to enhancing the talent of the Greater Philadelphia region.

Primary Issues

  • Degree completion, retention, and graduation strategies:
    • Highlight the region’s promising practices that increase access, persistence, completion, and overall post-secondary educational attainment in the region
    • Promote higher education’s business and economic impact by bringing together partners to position and promote the importance of post-secondary credentials.
  • Attract, retain, and support top-level talent
    • Advocate for high-skilled immigration reform
    • Encourage the retention of foreign-born graduate students in the U.S., particularly those engaged in research in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) areas
    • Support creating efficiencies in obtaining and maintaining student visas and work permits
    • Advocate to improve our nation’s intellectual infrastructure in STEM as the gateway for economic prosperity and growth
    • Support legislation that cultivates research and development, entrepreneurship and innovation, thereby revitalizing America’s innovative edge in the global economy.
  • Advocate for Federal talent investments and support programs and provisions that enhance access to higher education and assist individuals in increasing their level of education
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Colleges and Universities

With nearly 100 colleges and universities in the region and half a million students, Greater Philadelphia boasts being home to the 6th largest university population among all U.S. metropolitan areas.

ABOUT THE ALLIANCE

The Presidents’ Alliance is comprised of higher education leaders across the region who commit their time and efforts to enhancing the talent of the Greater Philadelphia region.

Primary Issues

  • Degree completion, retention, and graduation strategies:
    • Highlight the region’s promising practices that increase access, persistence, completion, and overall post-secondary educational attainment in the region
    • Promote higher education’s business and economic impact by bringing together partners to position and promote the importance of post-secondary credentials.
  • Attract, retain, and support top-level talent
    • Advocate for high-skilled immigration reform
    • Encourage the retention of foreign-born graduate students in the U.S., particularly those engaged in research in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) areas
    • Support creating efficiencies in obtaining and maintaining student visas and work permits
    • Advocate to improve our nation’s intellectual infrastructure in STEM as the gateway for economic prosperity and growth
    • Support legislation that cultivates research and development, entrepreneurship and innovation, thereby revitalizing America’s innovative edge in the global economy.
  • Advocate for Federal talent investments and support programs and provisions that enhance access to higher education and assist individuals in increasing their level of education
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Colleges and Universities

With nearly 100 colleges and universities in the region and half a million students, Greater Philadelphia boasts being home to the 6th largest university population among all U.S. metropolitan areas.

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ALLIANCE MEMBERS

The Presidents’ Alliance is comprised of higher education leaders who commit their time and efforts to enhancing the talent in Greater Philadelphia.

BRENDA A. ALLEN, PH.D.
President
Lincoln University

ERIC J. BARRON, PH.D.
President
The Pennsylvania State University

DR. VICTORIA L. BASTECKI-PEREZ
Interim-President
Montgomery County Community College

S. BROCK BLOMBERG, PH.D.
President
Ursinus College

DAVID BRIGHAM, PH.D.
President & CEO
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

MARY ELLEN CARO, ED.D.
President & CEO
Peirce College

DEANNE H. D’EMILIO, J.D.
President
Gwynedd Mercy University

JON JAY DETEMPLE, PH.D.
President
Harcum College

ROBERTO DIAZ
President
Curtis Institute of Music

REVEREND PETER M. DONOHUE, O.S.A., PH.D
President
Villanova University

RICHARD M. ENGLERT, PH.D.
President
Temple University

JAY S. FELDSTEIN, DO
President & CEO
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

DAMIAN J. FERNANDEZ, PH.D.
Chancellor
Penn State Abington – The Pennsylvania State University

CHRISTOPHER FIORENTINO, PH.D.
President
West Chester University

MS. CECELIA FITZGIBBON
President
Moore College of Art & Design

DR. KATHRYN A. FOSTER
President
The College of New Jersey

JOHN A. FRY
President
Drexel University

L. JOY GATES BLACK, ED.D.
President
Delaware County Community College

DONALD “GUY” GENERALS, ED.D.
President
Community College of Philadelphia

REVEREND JAMES J. GREENFIELD, OSFS
President
DeSales University

AMY GUTMANN, PH.D.
President
University of Pennsylvania

PHOEBE A. HADDON, J.D., LL.M
Chancellor
Rutgers University – Camden

MERODIE HANCOCK, PH.D.
President
Thomas Edison State University

BASHAR W. HANNA, PH.D.
President
Bloomsburg University

COLLEEN M. HANYCZ, PH.D.
President
La Salle University

LAVERNE T. HARMON, PH.D.
President
Wilmington University

ALI A. HOUSHMAND, PH.D.
President
Rowan University

PAUL KATZ, MD
President
University of the Sciences

HARVEY KESSELMAN, PH.D.
President
Stockton University

STEPHEN KLASKO, M.D., MBA
President & CEO
Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health

RONALD MATTHEWS, D.M.A.
President
Eastern University

MS. CECILIA M. MCCORMICK
President
Elizabethtown College

SISTER MAUREEN MCGARRITY, CSFN, PH.D.
President
Holy Family University

DR. MICHAEL MITTELMAN
President
Salus University

DR. AJAY NAIR
President
Arcadia University

JONATHAN PERI
President
Manor College

MARK C. REED, ED.D.
President
Saint Joseph’s University

MICHAEL J. ROUNDS
President
Williamson College of the Trades

VALERIE SMITH, PH.D.
President
Swarthmore College

DONALD B. TAYLOR, PH.D.
President
Cabrini University

DR. CAROL JEAN VALE
President
Chestnut Hill College

AARON A. WALTON
President
Cheyney University

TODD J. WILLIAMS, PH.D.
President
Cairn University

JULIE E. WOLLMAN, PH. D.
President
Widener University

DAVID YAGER
President
The University of the Arts