Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D.

Dr. Joseph E. Nyre serves as the eighth president of Iona College. Founded by the Irish Christian Brothers, Iona College is a community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence in the tradition of the Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education.  Committed to intellectual inquiry and the values of justice, peace and service, Iona is a midsized Catholic college of approximately 4,250 full- and part-time students known for its liberal arts core curriculum, commitment to service and outstanding business and pre-professional programs. Iona has a Carnegie Classification of "Master's L," which represents colleges and universities offering larger master's programs. Iona successfully participates in NCAA Division I athletic competition.

Since arriving at Iona College, Dr. Nyre’s administration has advanced the following:
  1. Strategy: Deployed a College-wide process to develop and ratify an integrated strategic plan in nine months, focusing the Iona community on advancing student distinction, elevating the Iona experience, academic distinction, growing infrastructure, advancing affordability, raising necessary resources, and elevating the academic reputation of the College.
  2. Enrollment and Affordability: Implemented the smallest combined tuition increase in 10 years and increased support for student financial aid to reduce the “net cost of attendance” resulting in a top 100 national ranking in 2014 (87) for return on investment (ROI).
  3. Academy: Initiated and funded faculty development, awards and innovation programs; improved faculty offices and working environments; initiated a core review and revision process; led the College through a comprehensive review of all academic programs and units; developed and launched new graduate, certificate and undergraduate programs; launched a satellite campus location in Manhattan; initiated international programs in Spain, France, India, Asia and the Middle East; and began new academic support and retention programs.
  4. Centers and Institutes: Funded and launched the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies, the Center for Financial Market Studies, Student Success Center, International Student Center, Center for Conference Services, Institute for Business Analytics, Center for Healthcare Analytics, and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning.
  5. Student Life: Developed and executed a housing strategy resulting in over 350 campus beds in less than 14 months; expanded living-learning communities; elevated service learning expanded internships; and actively engaged the student body in the governance and advancement of the College.
  6. Advancement: Grew the endowment by over 100 percent; increased annual giving by more than 65 percent; and organized and launched Iona Forever, the College’s largest campaign in support of scholarships, endowed professorships, academic programs and improved facilities.
  7. Fiscal Management: Successfully defended, maintained and elevated institutional credit ratings; refinanced the College’s debt; increased unrestricted net assets by over 33 percent; decreased tuition dependency; initiated a review of spending and efficiency of administrative units; and refined and increased transparency and role of shared governance in the institutional budgeting process.
  8. Campus Infrastructure: Initiated and completed a campus master planning process; increased main campus land and building holdings by over 30 percent; and funded, built and/or renovated several residential and academic buildings.
  9. Communications: Executed a College-wide international rebranding initiative, held frequent campus-wide open-campus forums, improved town/gown relations, and improved intra- and inter-college communications.
  10. Division I College Athletics: Elevated appreciation of the role and balance of collegiate athletics in advancing the institution; increased fundraising, competitive success and compliance infrastructure for 21 varsity athletic programs; and leveraged nonconference schedules in strategic enrollment and fundraising markets. 

A native of Wisconsin, Dr. Nyre earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse. He continued his formal education by obtaining an MA in Educational and Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri, an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.), and Ph.D. in School Psychology with a Clinical Child Psychology minor from the University of Kansas. Dr. Nyre also completed pre- and post-doctoral fellowships in Clinical Child Psychology at Harvard Medical School/Children's Hospital and the University of Kansas.

As a scientist practitioner, Dr. Nyre has practiced as a psychologist in academic, clinical and private practice settings. He has served in a faculty capacity at institutions including the University of Chicago, Baylor University and Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Nyre's international research and training program initiatives have been focused in the areas of autism, mental health service delivery and system development. He regularly published and presented nationally in the areas of developmental psychopathology and systems of health and educational service delivery. Dr. Nyre has authored and advanced vital state and national legislation improving the system of care and higher education in Illinois and throughout the United States. His extramural funding history exceeds $44 million.

Highly regarded in systems innovation, Dr. Nyre founded five partial hospital programs, the Noll Medical Pavilion, the Noll Dental Clinic, the Illinois Children's Healthcare Partnership, the Central Illinois DD Dental Advisory Commission, The Autism Program of Illinois Service Network, The Hope Institute Learning Academy, and the Kansas Psychology Training Consortium in clinical, school, and counseling psychology. Dr. Nyre was the first director of program evaluation at the Baylor Evaluation Services Center.

Dr. Nyre and his wife, the former Kelli McIntyre, reside in New Rochelle, N.Y., with their four wonderful children.