Strategic Priorities Review Team

The Strategic Priorities Review Team (SPRT) was formed in January, 2016 and serves as the standing body responsible for monitoring progress toward the implementation of the St. John’s Strategic Priorities Action Plan addressing our four strategic priorities.  Members of SPRT report to the President and Provost and are charged with:

  • Monitoring the implementation of the strategic priorities
  • Suggesting modifications on the focus of the strategic priorities
  • Proposing necessary revisions to the action plans and metrics
  • Regularly reporting to University leaders and campus community
  • Broadly recommending next initiatives

For the 2016-2017 academic year, SPRT consists of nearly fifty members of the St. John’s University faculty, staff, administration, and student body selected to broadly represent the University community.  SPRT is divided into four sub-teams corresponding to each of our strategic priorities.  Current and past members of the SPRT can be found below.

The St. John's University Strategic Priorities Action Plan was developed through a broad-based, intensive, 11-month Presidential initiative led by members of the Strategic Priorities Working Group from November 2014-October 2015.  The Strategic Priorities Action Plan is designed to be a living document addressing our strategic priorities at the University-level and to focus our efforts on actions necessary to advance on each front.  Many of the action steps lead to measurable targets that allow us to determine if we are successful in meeting our strategic priorities.  Since January, 2016, the SPRT has been responsible for reviewing, monitoring, and taking a continuous inventory of the accomplishments made to achieve our strategic priorities.  In addition, the SPRT provides the framework through which the SJU Strategic Priorities Action Plan is updated and modified annually.

From January through May of 2016, the SPRT worked hard to develop a baseline assessment of institutional actions and progress on each of the four strategic priorities.  Throughout the summer of 2016, the SPRT leadership team compiled a summary report of key institutional actions made toward each of the four strategic priorities since the development of the Strategic Priorities Action Plan in 2014-2015.  The 2016 SPRT Summary Report was shared with the President’s Advisory Council, the Academic and Administrative Assembly, and other key university leaders, and served as the basis for the third annual President’s Retreat, held on August 24, 2016.  It will also serve as the guide for future action on our strategic priorities during the 2016-2017 academic year.   

We look forward to your ongoing support.  Please feel free to contact us with suggestions, questions, or comments at [email protected].

Thank you,

Gina & Brian

Gina M. Florio, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics, Chairperson of SPRT
Brian Browne, Assistant Vice President, Government Relations, Vice-chairperson of SPRT

SPRT Committee Members

Co-Chairs

Gina Florio, Chair    
Associate Professor, Departments of Chemistry and Physics, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Brian Browne, Vice-chair    
Assistant VP for Government Relations

Priority 1 - Student Success Subteam

Chairperson
Larry Cunningham, Acting Chair, Vice Dean and Professor of Legal Writing, School of Law

Antoinette Collarini-Schlossberg, Associate Professor and Acting Chair, Division of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies and Homeland Security, College of Professional Studies

Andrew Ferdinandi, Associate Professor, Counselor Education, The School of Education

Eric Finkelstein, Director of Residence Life

Preety Gadhoke, Assistant Professor, Industry Professional, Department of Pharmacy Administration and Public Health, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Aleksandr Gevorkyan, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics and Finance,The Peter J. Tobin College of Business

Aliya Holmes, Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, The School of Education

Dorothy McGovern, Library Technical Asst III

Alice Pope, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Francisco Rojas, Student, Peter J. Tobin College of Business

Deanne Southwell, Executive Director, Vincentian Institute for Social Action

Priority 2 - Recruit, Recognize, and Retain the Best Faculty, Staff, and Administrators Subteam

Chairperson
Andre McKenzie, Vice Provost for Academic Support Services and Faculty Development

Victoria Balkon, Budget Manager, Office Of Business Affairs

Irene Caccavallo, Administrative Assistant, Office of the Provost

John Diffley, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Administration, Athletics

Raymond DiGiuseppe, Professor, Department of Psychology, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Maura Flannery, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning & Professor, Division of Computer Science, Mathematics and Science, College of Professional Studies

Ed Kling, Executive Director of Finance,  School of Law 

Kristine Lin, Student, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Jagannath Muzumdar, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Administration & Public Health, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Cynthia Phillips, Assistant Professor, Department of Accounting and Taxation, The Peter J. Tobin College of Business

Joan Vivian, Director of Training and Employee Development

Priority 3 - Enhance Our Teaching and Learning Environment Subteam

Chairperson
Marc Gillespie, Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Jessica Benjamin, Student, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Mark Browne, Professor and Chair of The School of Risk Management, The Peter J. Tobin College of Business

Marja Fumo, Senior Project Manager, Department of Facilities Services

Belenna Lauto, Chair and Professor, Department of Art and Design St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Daniel Ness, Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, The School of Education

Christina Schweikert, Assistant Professor, Division of Computer Science, Mathematics and Science, College of Professional Studies

Lucy Traverso, Executive Assistant

Jennifer Travis, Associate Professor, Department of English, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Benjamin Turner, Associate Professor/Librarian, University Libraries

Maura Woods, Associate Vice President, University Information Technology

Priority 4 - Expand Global and Community Partnerships Subteam

Chairperson
Paulette Gonzalez, Senior Director Employer Relations and Acting Executive Director for Career Services

Joseph Brocavich, Associate Dean College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and  Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Clinical Health Professions

Michael Cummins, Assistant Dean & Director of Internal Research & Enrollment Management, College of Professional Studies

Christina Dehler, Associate Dean Academic Affairs and Accreditation, The School of Education

Cathleen DeWick, Executive Secretary

Robert Fanuzzi, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor,  Department of English,St. John’s College, Staten Island

Gina Kilian, Associate Director Transfer Admissions

Ying Liu, Assistant Professor, Division of Computer Science, Mathematics & Science, College of Professional Studies

Nada Llewellyn, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Diversity Officer

Matthew Pucciarelli, Associate Vice President for Global Studies

Aaron Richards, Student, Peter J. Tobin College of Business

Co-Chairs

Gina Florio, Chair    
Associate Professor, Departments of Chemistry and Physics, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Brian Browne, Vice-chair    
Assistant Vice President for Government Relations

Irene Caccavallo, Administrative Assistant, Office of the Provost

Priority 1 - Student Success Subteam

Chairperson
Andrew Ferdinandi, Associate Professor, Counselor Education, The School of Education

Antoinette Collarini-Schlossberg, Associate Professor and Acting Chair, Division of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies and Homeland Security, College of Professional Studies

Larry Cunningham, Associate Academic Dean and Professor of Legal Writing, School of Law

Eric Finkelstein, Director of Residence Life

Preety Gadhoke, Assistant Professor, Industry Professional, Department of Pharmacy Administration and Public Health, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Aleksandr Gevorkyan, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics and Finance,The Peter J. Tobin College of Business

Aliya Holmes, Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, The School of Education

Alice Pope, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Francisco Rojas,  Student, Peter J. Tobin College of Business

Deanne Southwell, Executive Director, Vincentian Institute for Social Action

Priority 2 - Recruit, Recognize, and Retain the Best Faculty, Staff, and Administrators Subteam

Chairperson
Andre McKenzie, Vice Provost for Academic Support Services and Faculty Development

Victoria Balkon, Budget Manager, Office Of Business Affairs

John Diffley, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Administration, Athletics

Raymond DiGiuseppe, Professor, Department of Psychology, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Maura Flannery, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning & Professor, Division of Computer Science, Mathematics and Science, College of Professional Studies

Ed Kling, Executive Director of Finance, School of Law 

Kristine Lin, Student, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Jagannath Muzumdar, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Administration & Public Health, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Cynthia Phillips, Assistant Professor, Department of Accounting and Taxation, The Peter J. Tobin College of Business

Joan Vivian, Director of Training and Employee Development

Priority 3 - Enhance Our Teaching and Learning Environment Subteam

Chairperson
Marc Gillespie, Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Mark Browne, Professor and Chair of The School of Risk Management, The Peter J. Tobin College of Business

Jessica Benjamin, Student, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Marja Fumo, Senior Project Manager, Department of Facilities Services

Belenna Lauto, Chair and Professor, Department of Art and Design St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Daniel Ness, Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, The School of Education

Christina Schweikert, Assistant Professor, Division of Computer Science, Mathematics and Science, College of Professional Studies

Jennifer Travis, Associate Professor, Department of English, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Benjamin Turner, Associate Professor/Librarian, University Libraries

Maura    Woods    Associate Vice President, University Information Technology

Priority 4 - Expand Global and Community Partnerships Subteam

Chairperson     
Denise Hopkins, Executive Director for Career Services

Joseph Brocavich, Associate Dean College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and  Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Clinical Health Professions

Michael Cummins, Assistant Dean & Director of Internal Research & Enrollment Management, College of Professional Studies

Christina Dehler, Associate Dean Academic Affairs and Accreditation, The School of Education

Robert Fanuzzi, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor, Department of English St. John’s College, Staten Island

Gina Kilian, Associate Director Transfer Admissions

Ying Liu, Assistant Professor, Division of Computer Science, Mathematics & Science, College of Professional Studies

Nada Llewellyn, Deputy General Counsel

Matthew Pucciarelli, Associate Vice President for Global Studies

Aaron Richards, Student, Peter J. Tobin College of Business