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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 4,000 full- and part-time students known for its liberal arts core curriculum, commitment to service, an 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 inclusive process to develop, ratify and execute a comprehensive integrated strategic plan, focusing efforts and initiatives within the Iona community to advance student distinction, the Iona experience, academic distinction, college infrastructure, affordability and raising necessary resources.
  2. Enrollment and Affordability: Stabilized undergraduate enrollment and grew graduate enrollment; deployed econometric modeling of financial aid; consecutively implemented the smallest combined tuition increase in 15 years, and championed increased support for student financial aid to reduce the “net cost of attendance” supporting a top 100 national ranking in 2014 (87) for return on investment (ROI).
  3. Academy: Initiated and funded faculty development, faculty awards and innovation programs; improved faculty offices and working environments; completed an inclusive process to review and revise the core curriculum; led the College through a comprehensive review of 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 advanced 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, Center for Healthcare Analytics, and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning.
  5. Student Life: Developed and executed a housing strategy resulting in two new residence halls, renovations to others, and zoning changes resulting in over 600 additional campus beds; expanded living-learning communities; elevated service-learning and expanded internships; executed mutually beneficial corporate partnerships; and actively engaged the student body in the governance and advancement of the College.
  6. Advancement: Tripled the endowment and increased annual giving by more than 134 percent. Organized and launched Iona Forever, the College’s largest campaign in support of scholarships, endowed professorships, academic programs and improved facilities garnering the two largest gifts in institutional history.
  7. Fiscal Management: Successfully defended, maintained and elevated institutional credit ratings; refinanced the College’s debt; increased unrestricted net assets by more than 45 percent; decreased tuition dependency; initiated a review of spending and efficiency of administrative units; and refined and increased transparency and the 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 nine campus buildings.
  9. Communications: Executed a College-wide international rebranding initiative, held frequent campus-wide open-campus forums, 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 non-conference schedules to support strategic enrollment and fundraising markets.

A naval veteran and first-generation college student from Wisconsin, President Nyre earned his BA from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. He went on to earn an MA from the University of Missouri, and an Ed.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. Dr. Nyre completed clinical psychology post-doctoral fellowships at Harvard Medical School and the University of Kansas.

President Nyre speaks regularly on the sustainability of higher education business models. He has served on numerous boards, including the NY Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, the International University of Catalonia (UIC), and the Lower Hudson Valley Consortium of Catholic Colleges and Universities. President Nyre was recently named to the Council on Foreign Relations Higher Education Working Group on Global Issues. 

As a scientist practitioner, Dr. Nyre has practiced as a psychologist in academic, clinical and private practice settings while serving in a faculty capacity at many institutions including Baylor University, the University of Illinois-Chicago College of Medicine and Harvard Medical School. 

Through his leadership in higher education, public education and hospital systems, Dr. Nyre became highly regarded in developmental psychopathology, system innovation and public policy reform garnering over $44 million in extramural funding. In addition to a nationally recognized program of research and to authoring state and federal legislation, Dr. Nyre founded: five partial hospital programs; a private practice; 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, and the Kansas Psychology Training Consortium in clinical, school, and counseling psychology.

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