Stockton names Michael Palladino next provost, VP for academic affairs

Michael Palladino has been named as Stockton University’s next provost and vice president for academic affairs, effective May 6, following approval at the Feb. 21 meeting of the board of trustees.

Palladino is currently vice chancellor for academic affairs at Bloomfield College of
Montclair State University.

In his new role as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Stockton, Palladino will provide leadership to the university’s more than 160 undergraduate and graduate programs and 700 faculty members.

“We are very fortunate to have Dr. Palladino bring three decades of experience in higher education, from roles as a faculty member, dean and vice president, to Stockton,” President Joe Bertolino said. “Dr. Palladino was overwhelmingly the highest-ranked candidate among consideration by Stockton’s faculty and campus community.”

In his current role, Palladino oversees all functions related to undergraduate and graduate programs, advising, registrar, academic centers and the faculty. Since joining Bloomfield College in 2020, he launched the Center for Student Success, leading efforts to substantially enhance academic support services for students, focused on institutional assessment and was part of the executive team to form a strategic merger-partnership with Montclair State University.

“I am honored to join the leadership team, faculty and staff of Stockton University. The collective passion of the campus for its students, for serving and improving local communities and for a commitment to academic and inclusive excellence are its many attributes,” Palladino said. “I am grateful for this opportunity to lead our community of teacher-scholars and staff dedicated to student success.”

Palladino is the former vice provost for graduate studies and professor of biology at Monmouth University. He joined the biology faculty at Monmouth University in 1999 and served as dean of the School of Science from 2008-15, then vice provost.

He led the School of Science at Monmouth through a period of unprecedented growth, including a significant increase in undergraduate student enrollment and student academic quality, new academic programs, fundraising, international partnerships for student recruitment and student and faculty exchange, and he led the concept and planning effort for a $48 million science building renovation and expansion project.

Palladino holds a Ph.D. in anatomy and cell biology from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree from Trenton State College, now The College of New Jersey.