Robert M. Pignatello, Ed.D. – Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020
8:40 – 9:00 a.m. Virtual Tour: Members of the Board of Trustees
9:10 – 10:30 a.m. Open Forum: Faculty
10:45 a.m. – noon Open Forum: Confidential, Professional, Administrators and Support Staff
12:15 – 1:30 p.m. Open Forum: Students and Community Members
Dr. Pignatello currently serves as the president of Lock Haven University. He has focused on strategic enrollment and retention there, creating the office of student success to coordinate services related to improving outcomes and fostering a holistic student experience; developing a strategic plan to improve student mental health and wellbeing; establishing the university’s first office of diversity, equity and inclusion; and focusing the institution on closing the achievement gap. Dr. Pignatello also played a key role in the redesign of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education in collaboration with the board of governors, chancellor and other system university presidents to strengthen sustainability through university integration, greater sharing of both administrative and academic programs and providing greater value, access and opportunity for students.
Previously, Dr. Pignatello worked as vice president/chief operating officer at CUNY’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice and also served as a local council member, deputy mayor, mayor and legislative assistant in New Jersey.
Dr. Pignatello holds a B.A. in political science and public administration from Montclair State University, an M.P.A. from Rutgers University Graduate School and an Ed.D. in educational leadership – higher education from Saint Peter’s University.