EC chooses new Vice President of Student Affairs, set to take over position in July

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Victoria Martin, News Editor

A new Vice President of Student Affairs has been chosen to start at EC in July.

Phillip S. Riordan, currently the vice president of student affairs at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., said he was attracted to EC for “our strong academic reputation, our ‘outstanding faculty, staff and students,’ and the ‘family’ atmosphere that [other candidates] described during his interviews,” EC President Troy VanAken said in a campus wide email.

Riordan has a doctorate in educational leadership and policies, a master’s in college student personnel and a bachelor’s in political science.

With more than thirty years of experience in higher education administration, Riordan has introduced a staff and peer mentor program for students at Lynn University, opened a women’s center and started Lynn’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.  He also founded the Student Affairs Cancer Foundation and the Conquer Colon Cancer Foundation. 

While at Lynn, Riordan’s responsibilities included overseeing student life at the university.  This area includes campus safety, housing, recreation, student involvement, health and counseling, spiritual and religious life.

Under him, Lynn’s Division of Student Affairs received recognition in 2014 for serving the community and placing more students on the path of civic engagement, according to the Lynn University website.

In his email, VanAken expressed his excitement for Riordan’s joining EC writing: “We look forward to welcoming Dr. Riordan when he joins the College this summer.”