JERSEY CITY, N.J., Oct. 10 /PRNewswire/ --
When: OCTOBER 20
11:30 a.m.: Inaugural Mass, St. Aedan's Church, 800 Bergen Avenue
2:30 p.m.: Inaugural Procession and Installation Ceremony
The Victor R. Yanitelli, S.J., Recreational Life Center
(Please call to arrange media parking at Montgomery Street
lot between Kennedy Blvd and West Side Avenue)
Who: President Dr. Eugene J. Cornacchia, representatives from
approximately 100 Colleges, Universities and Educational
Organizations, Board of Trustees, Board of Regents, Alumni
Board, faculty, administration, staff, students, Newark
Archbishop John J. Myers to celebrate Inaugural Liturgy.
Over 400 guests, including area dignitaries, are expected to
attend the opening.
St. Peter's College, the Jesuit College of New Jersey, will inaugurate
its first non-Jesuit President, Dr. Eugene Cornacchia, as the college's
22nd President on October 20, 2007.
Dr. Eugene J. Cornacchia has worked for more than a quarter century to
shape and strengthen Saint Peter's College as a leading Jesuit institution
known for academic excellence and innovation."
When he was appointed in May 2007 as the first lay president in the
College's 135-year history (following the untimely death of Fr. James N.
Loughran, S.J.) Dr. Cornacchia noted he was "a product of Jesuit education"
and stressed his presidency will be "always, always committed" to the
Jesuit mission at Saint Peter's.
During his past 26 years at the College, Dr. Cornacchia has won a
reputation among students, faculty and professional staff as a dedicated,
accessible and effective leader.
As the College's Academic Dean and then as Provost and Vice President
for Academic Affairs, Dr. Cornacchia worked collaboratively with very
talented individuals to lead initiatives that increased enrollment while
significantly raising academic standards and implemented more than $10
million in capital projects.
Dr. Cornacchia, 53, received a bachelor's degree in political science
in 1976 and a master's degree in political science in 1979 from Fordham
University. He also earned his Ph.D. in political science (with a focus on
Urban, Ethnic and Electoral Politics) from Fordham University in 1985.
Dr. Cornacchia and his wife, AnnMarie, recently relocated from
Westchester County to Guarini House, a residence on the college's Jersey
City campus. They have two daughters, Lauren, an accountant, and Katherine,
a sophomore at the College of Mount Saint Vincent.
About Saint Peter's College
Saint Peter's College is one of twenty-eight Jesuit colleges and
universities in the United States and the only one in New Jersey.
Saint Peter's College, founded in 1872, is a Jesuit, Catholic, co-
educational, liberal arts college in an urban setting which seeks to
develop the whole person in preparation for a lifetime of learning,
leadership and service in a diverse and global society. Committed to
academic excellence and individual attention, Saint Peter's College
provides education, informed by values, primarily in degree-granting
programs in the arts, sciences, and business, to resident and commuting
students from a variety of backgrounds.
The College has an enrollment of approximately 3,000 full-time and
part- time students representing a remarkably diverse student body that
originates from throughout the United States and from more than 60
countries around the world.
The College offers 38 Bachelor's programs along with numerous Associate
degree programs. The College of Arts and Sciences / School of Business
Administration (CAS/SBA) offers undergraduate programs for traditional day
students while the School of Professional and Continuing Studies (SPCS)
offers undergraduate programs for adult students. The College also has an
Honors program, individualized majors and opportunities to earn credits for
internships, service learning and other off-campus experiences.
The School of Graduate Studies offers Master's Degree programs in
Education, Business Administration, Accountancy and Nursing.
Saint Peter's College has an 18-acre main campus in Jersey City, a
branch campus for adult learning in Englewood Cliffs, and several off-site
For more information, visit www.spc.edu.
SOURCE Saint Peter's College