Vice President for Academic Affairs to retire

Sep 28, 2010

Dr. Dorothy Prisco, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, has announced she will retire in June 2011.

“Dr. Prisco has always felt strongly about experiential learning. That’s why she was attracted to our college,” said DelVal President Joseph S. Brosnan. “As she prepares for retirement and reflects back on her career, she will tell you quite clearly that DelVal was a ‘perfect fit’ for her.”

Dr. Prisco began at Delaware Valley College in August 2006. In her four years at DelVal she focused on strengthening academic leadership, compliance with Middle States standards and reinvigorating adult learning.

Prisco intends to stay involved with higher education on a part-time basis, especially as a Middle States re-accreditation team member.

She will leave behind a better-structured academic component, with a clearer understanding of the roles of our deans and department chairs.

Dr. Prisco said there was a need to emphasize assessment when she arrived at DelVal. To remedy this oversight, she appointed Dr. Dominic Montileone as Assistant Vice President for Assessment, Planning and Research. Since then, Dr. Prisco reports, DelVal has made great progress and is in compliance with Middle States standards.

Our adult and graduate programs were somewhat stalled in 2006. Dr. Prisco helped revive them with her care and attention, partly by establishing off-campus locations for study.

Prior to coming to DelVal, Dorothy served as Dean of the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, N.J. She also has worked at Gwynedd Mercy College, Wesley College and Centenary College.