Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D.

On July 5, 2011, Dr. Joseph E. Nyre became the eighth President of Iona College. Located in New Rochelle, N.Y., and founded in 1940, Iona College has a current enrollment of approximately 3,800 students and is known for its liberal arts core curriculum and outstanding business programs. Iona has a Carnegie Classification of "Master's L," which categorized Iona as a school that offers larger master's programs. Dr. Nyre is the first lay president of the College.

Since arriving at Iona College, Dr. Nyre's administration has:

  • Strategy: Deployed a college-wide process to develop and ratify an integrated strategic plan in under 9- months, which focused the Iona community on advancing student distinction, the Iona experience, academic distinction, growing infrastructure, advancing affordability, raising necessary resources, and elevating the academic reputation of the institution.
  • Enrollment and Affordability: Arrested a six-year decline in undergraduate enrollment; implemented the smallest combined tuition increase in 10 years, and increased support for student financial aid to reduce the “net cost of attendance” contributing to a top-100 national ranking (87) and a top 10 New York State ranking for return on investment (ROI).
  • 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.
  • Faculty: Initiated and funded faculty development, awards and innovation programs and improved faculty offices and working environments.
  • Programs: Initiated a core review and revision process; leading the College through a comprehensive review of all academic programs and units and, developed and launched new graduate, certificate, and undergraduate programs.  Launched program offerings in Manhattan; launched and expanded international programs in Spain, France, India, Asia, and the Middle East; launched new academic support and retention programs.
  • Centers and Institutes: Funded and launched the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies, Analytics Institute, the Center for Financial Market Studies, a Student Success Center, an International Student Center, a Center for Conference Services, and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning.
  • Advancement: Grew endowment by over 73 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.
  • Ensured Fiscal Integrity: Refinanced the College’s debt; increased net assets by 28 percent; initiated a review of spending and efficiency of administrative units; and refined and increased transparency and shared governance in the institutional budgeting process.
  • Campus Improvements: Initiated and completed a campus master planning process; increased main campus land and building holdings by over 25 percent; and funded, built and/or renovated several residential and academic buildings.

Prior to his arrival at Iona College, Dr. Nyre served eight years as the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hope Institute for Children and Families, a university-affiliated statewide nonprofit organization in Illinois. Under his leadership, the Institute grew to encompass a 31-agency and university consortium providing training, education, healthcare, and residential services to over 30,000 people annually.

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. Dr. Nyre's extramural funding history exceeds $44 million.

Dr. Nyre is also highly regarded in systems innovation. He founded five partial hospital programs, the Noll Medical Pavilion, Noll Dental Clinic, the Illinois Children's Healthcare Partnership, 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. He was the first Director of Program Evaluation at the Baylor Evaluation Services Center.

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, and 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.

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