Felician University President Prisco steps down

Felician University announced on Tuesday that Anne M. Prisco is stepping down from her role as president.

“I am honored to have served as Felician’s president for the past eight years. I am very proud of what we have accomplished in our pursuit of combining academic excellence with our values of respect, compassion, justice and peace. I now need to turn to the care of my family on the West Coast and explore how I will continue to pursue my lifelong commitment to access and opportunity for all and education and economic development,” Prisco said.

Sylvia McGeary, current vice president of academic affairs and mission integration, will take on the role of acting president, effective immediately.

“The board is very appreciative of Dr. McGeary for stepping up. We are grateful to Dr. Prisco for leading the university during a time of great transition and development. Her leadership has helped make certain that Felician delivers a modern education based on timeless values. The university is positioned well for the future and we look forward to continuing our record of providing outstanding programs and graduating students well-prepared to meet the needs of a changing work force, especially during these unprecedented times,” Chris Swenson, chairman of the Felician University board of trustees, said.

When COVID-19 hit the state, Felician University said it began offering remote learning through the spring and summer semesters. The school said it anticipates students will be back on both its Rutherford and Lodi campuses in the fall due to an influx of enrollment in online programs.