During the past few months St. John’s University President Rev.
Donald J. Harrington, C.M. announced that the Board of Trustees has
named three individuals to fill key administrative positions within
Mangione, R.Ph. ’77P, ’79GP, ’93PD, ’99Ed.D. has been appointed
University Provost, Sharon Hewitt Watkins, CPA will serve as Vice
President for Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer, and
Rev. Gerard Luttenberger, C.M. has been named Executive Vice
President for Mission.
The new Provost joined the faculty of St. John’s College of
Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions (now St. John’s College of
Pharmacy and Health Sciences) in 1979, was appointed Assistant Dean
for Pharmacy Student Affairs in 1990, Associate Dean in 1996 and
became Dean in 1999. He had been serving as Interim Provost since
“I am truly honored and very grateful to have been named Provost of
our great University,” said Mangione. “I know that I follow in the
footsteps of outstanding academic leaders and will do my best to
build upon their many accomplishments. I am very excited about the
future of our University, as we will be guided by our deep
commitment to the Vincentian culture of academic excellence.”
During his tenure at St. John's, Mangione also served as a clinical
faculty member at Nassau County Medical Center from 1979 to 1981
and at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and the Schneider
Children's Hospital from 1981 to 1990. While at the Children's
Hospital, he was the institution's Pediatric Clinical Pharmacy
The University has honored Mangione on numerous occasions. He
received the Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award in 1989, the
Vincentian Mission Award in 1995, the Pietas Medal in 2002 and the
St. Vincent de Paul Medal in 2008. Pharmacy students voted him
Teacher of the Year in 1987, 1989, 1990 and 1996, and he was
presented with a Leader in Education Award from St. John’s School
of Education in 2009.
A careful stewardship of fiscal resources has always been a
priority at St. John’s, and as the University’s newly appointed
Vice President for Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer,
Sharon Hewitt Watkins brings an impressive record of
accomplishments in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.
She has both a personal and professional dedication to
mission-driven institutions and, in particular, organizations
committed to social justice.
“I am excited to be a part of the St. John’s team,” she remarked,
“and I look forward to partnering with my new colleagues to address
the challenges confidently and competently to ensure that we secure
a strong institution, academically and financially, for the
students we are here to serve. I remain inspired and encouraged by
the mission of St. John’s to grant access to an excellent higher
education, especially to those lacking economic, physical, or
Watkins began her career in 1989 as an auditor with KPMG, LLP,
specializing in audits of higher education and not-for profit
organizations. Interestingly, St. John’s was her first higher
education client, and working with the University sparked her
interest in helping individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds
reach their full potential.
After nine years with KPMG, she entered the not-for-profit sector
when she was named Controller of Columbia University Teachers
College. In 2004, Hewitt Watkins became Assistant Vice President
for Finance and Controller of the New York Public Library. Four
years later, she was promoted to Vice President for Finance and
She earned her B.S. in Accounting at New York University and her
M.A. in Social-Organizational Psychology at Columbia University.
She is a member of several professional accounting organizations
and was a participant in the Harvard University Business School
Commonfund Endowment Institute.
Reflecting the importance of the Vincentian mission within
the University experience, Rev. Gerard Luttenberger, C.M. will
become the new Executive Vice President for Mission. He succeeds
Rev. James J. Maher, C.M. ’84C, D.Min., who was named President of
Luttenberger brings to the position a long and illustrious career
in both Catholic and Vincentian formation. He graduated from the
Vincentian Mary Immaculate Seminary in Northampton, PA, with both a
Bachelor’s and Master of Divinity degree, and went on to Fribourg
University in Switzerland to earn both the S.T.L. and S.T.D.
degrees in Theology. He later earned a Master of Christian
Spirituality degree at Creighton University.
He has held a variety of administrative positions, including
Director of Spiritual Formation and Religious Superior for the
House of Formation for Vincentian seminarians and Provincial
Director of the Daughters of Charity of the former Northeast
Province of the United States. He served on the Board of Trustees
of Niagara University from 1985 to 2003 and has also been a member
of the St. John's Board of Trustees and its Academic Affairs,
Investment, and Personnel Committees.
An authority on both Systematic and Moral Theology, Fr.
Luttenberger has authored numerous articles and books, including
Who Do You Say That I am? An Introduction to Christology in the
Gospels and Early Church, which has become a significant work
in the field of Christology.
We extend all best wishes to these administrators as they assume
their new responsibilities and work to further the University’s
mission, values and programs.