First Non-Jesuit President in History of Saint Peter's College, Dr. Eugene J. Cornacchia, to be Inaugurated on October 20

Oct 10, 2007, 01:00 ET from Saint Peter's College

    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

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