Inauguration

Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D.

Antoine M. Garibaldi is President of University of Detroit Mercy, a Catholic, Master’s Comprehensive University of more than 5,600 students with seven schools and colleges, including professional programs in Architecture, Dentistry and Law. He began his appointment in June 2011 and he is the first lay president of the university, which is sponsored by the Jesuits and Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. In U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2012, University of Detroit Mercy is ranked 23 out of 146 institutions in the Midwest region.

Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D.Prior to his appointment at University of Detroit Mercy, he was the sixth President of Gannon University. During his nine and a half years as president of Gannon from July 2001 to December 2010, Gannon achieved significant gains in enrollment, fundraising, facilities, regional and national academic reputation, and more. Under his leadership, Gannon’s enrollment increased by 24 percent -- more than 830 students -- to a total of 4,238; the University’s endowment more than doubled; more than thirty buildings were constructed, acquired and renovated; the number of colleges increased from two to three; and Gannon was ranked for seven consecutive years in the top tier of universities in the northern region of the United States by U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” in its 2005 through 2011 editions. Gannon was also ranked in the Great Schools, Great Prices category for five years and as a Top Up-and-Coming School in 2009. In 2008, Garibaldi completed the largest comprehensive campaign in Gannon University’s history, raising nearly $40 million total, including more than $31.5 million in private gifts and two first-ever multi-million dollar federal grants (Title III and Student Support Services) from the U.S. Department of Education, in addition to major grants from the National Science Foundation and other foundations and more than $5 million of federal and state grants to establish the Erie Technology Incubator.

Nationally recognized for his more than 35 years of teaching, scholarly work and administrative experience in education as well as the federal government, Dr. Garibaldi also holds the rank of tenured Professor of Education. He is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the American Educational Research Association and the author of eleven books and 85 research articles and chapters.

Dr. Garibaldi serves on the boards of several national higher education organizations and universities, including: American Council on Education, where he is Secretary of the Board; Association of Governing Board’s Council of Presidents; National Association of College and University Business Officers; National Review Board (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops); Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) / Math, Science, Engineering (MSE) Network; the Sister Thea Bowman Black Catholic Educational Foundation; and the University of Saint Thomas (MN) Board of Trustees. He previously has been on the boards of: Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania; Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), where he served a two-year term as Chair of the Board of Directors (2006-08); NCAA Division II Presidents Council (2005-09), and Chair of the NCAA’s Executive Committee Subcommittee on Gender and Diversity. Dr. Garibaldi was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Association for Higher Education in 2001-02, and he served two four-year terms on the AAHE Board from 1995-2003. Additionally, Dr. Garibaldi is a former member of the American Council on Education’s Commission on Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness, Wheeling Jesuit University’s (WV) Board of Directors, and Seton Hall (N.J.) University’s Board of Directors and Board of Regents. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. He served as Chairman of the Social Action Committee of Sigma Pi Phi in 2006-08; Vice Chairman in 2008-10; and he is a member of the fraternity’s Education Commission in 2010-12.

Dr. Garibaldi has received numerous honors, including the “Person of the Year Award” from the University of Notre Dame Club of Erie; honorary doctorates from Our Lady of Holy Cross College (2001), Seton Hall University (2007), and Gannon University (2011); the Papal honor of Knight of St. Gregory the Great (2006); the Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota (2006); the Howard University Alumni Award for Distinguished Postgraduate Achievement in the field of education (2004); and the National Service Award from the International Salute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington, DC (2001).

Prior to his appointment as President of Gannon University, Dr. Garibaldi was a Senior Fellow in the Office of the Vice President for Collaborations and Corporate Secretary at the Educational Testing Service in 2000-01; he served as the first Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Howard University and a tenured Professor in the School of Education between 1996 and 2000; and, between 1982 and 1996, he served successively as Chairman of the Education Department, Dean of Arts and Sciences, and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Xavier University of Louisiana. Between 1977 and 1982, he was a federal government administrator and researcher at the U.S. Department of Education’s National Institute of Education, where he was also a staff member of the National Commission on Excellence in Education, which produced the landmark report, A Nation at Risk.

A native of New Orleans, he received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Howard University in 1973 and his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1976.


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