Saint Peter’s University President Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D., today announced his decision to retire at the end of his current contract on June 30, 2024. Dr. Cornacchia is the university’s first lay president and the longest-serving president in Saint Peter’s history. He began his term as the 22nd president in 2007 and has had a distinguished tenure marked by transformative leadership, unwavering dedication and a fierce commitment to academic excellence and the Jesuit mission.
“As a new faculty member in 1981, I never could have imagined having the opportunity to lead this great institution as president,” said Dr. Cornacchia. “Together, we have accomplished many of the goals I set out to achieve for the university and I could not be more proud or more grateful for this incredible community. My love for Saint Peter’s will never waver.”
Cornacchia’s retirement comes after 42 years of service to Saint Peter’s, during which he guided the institution through a period of growth, innovation and unparalleled progress. Notable achievements include:
Dr. Cornacchia attended Fordham University and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1976, a master’s degree in political science in 1979 and a Ph.D. in political science in 1985. Prior to becoming the first lay president of Saint Peter’s and after 20 years of teaching at the university, Dr. Cornacchia served as academic dean and subsequently as provost and vice president for academic affairs before being named president.
“Dr. Cornacchia has been a visionary leader who has made an indelible mark on the institution. His collaborative leadership has brought Saint Peter’s to new heights and his accomplishments have been immeasurable,” said Kenneth Moore, CFA ’91, chair of the Saint Peter’s University Board of Trustees. “The Board of Trustees is deeply grateful for President Cornacchia’s dedication and service and we are fortunate to have his leadership for another academic year.”
A comprehensive search for the 23rd president at the university is underway.
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