Joseph Sciame is Vice President for Community Relations and is an alumnus of the University. He has served in several capacities, which have included: Director of Financial Aid; Vice President for Recruitment Services; Acting Vice President for Enrollment Management and Vice President for Government and Community Relations. He has served as a Vice President for 30 years.
In his current position, Sciame interacts as a key University representative with various community groups and organizations surrounding the University campuses. He chairs regular bi-monthly dialogue groups to better communicate the University’s concerns as neighbors and to learn of their respective concerns. He has been honored on several occasions by the University and by student organizations for his leadership and commitment to St. John's.
Mr. Sciame’s commitment to service extends well beyond the University and its community involvements. He is a Board member of the Jamaica and Staten Island Chambers of Commerce; the Queens Symphony Orchestra; the Kupferberg Holocaust Center; Southern Queens Park Association; Queens Council, Boy Scouts of America and Chairs the Board of Ethics of the Town of North Hempstead, to name a few. He is the founder and Chair of the Bedford Stuyvesant New Beginnings Charter School, a site of the former St. John the Baptist Elementary School that closed in 2010. A proud Italian American, he is the Chair of the Conference of Major Italian American Organizations, the President/Chair of the Italian Heritage and Culture Committee, NY, Inc. since 2006, a National/State Past President of the Order Sons of Italy in America and a National Past Chairman of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. A resident of New Hyde Park, he serves as a lector at his home parish of Notre Dame. He was awarded the rank of Cavaliere Ufficiale in the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy and a Commendatore of the House of Savoy, as well as honored on other occasions by the Vatican as a Papal Knight with the Grand Cross of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.