Carolyn Stefanco

Stefanco.pngPresident, The College of Saint Rose
Albany, NY

Dr. Carolyn J. Stefanco is the 11th president of The College of Saint Rose, in Albany, New York. She joined the College after serving as vice president for academic affairs at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Georgia; as the founding dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at California State University, Stanislaus; as a tenured professor, history department chair, and women’s studies program director at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly); and as assistant professor at Wheaton College (MA). Dr. Stefanco earned a Ph.D. in history from Duke University, an M.A. in women’s history from Binghamton University, and a B.A. in history and a women’s studies certificate from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Her experiences growing up in an immigrant neighborhood in northern New Jersey continue to fuel her passion for global connectedness. Dr. Stefanco was a Senior Fulbright Scholar to the University of Zagreb in Croatia; served as resident director of a London Study Program; created programs for student exchange and faculty research in Honduras, Brazil, Portugal, and Croatia; and worked as a higher education consultant for Saudi Arabia. She is a trustee of the American University in Bulgaria, and a member of the board of directors of the International Leadership Association.

She participates at the national level in many higher education associations, including the American Council on Education and the Council of Independent Colleges. She was recently elected to the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and Board of Trustees of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, which represents New York State’s private institutions of higher education.

In the Capital Region of New York, she is a director of Albany Medical Center, an executive board member of Hearst’s Women@Work, and a member of the board of directors for the Center for Economic Growth, where she chairs the work group on Interactive Technology.

As a first-generation college student, Dr. Stefanco is a lifelong advocate for student success. Saint Rose has invested in numerous mentoring and leadership programs for students, and has launched ten new degrees in the past three years, including music performance and cybersecurity at the undergraduate level, and business analytics, computer science, and social work at the graduate level. For her visionary leadership, Dr. Stefanco was recently awarded a Helen Gurley Brown Genius Grant, and the College was invited to join the BOLD Women’s Leadership Network and given a grant of $1.1 million to benefit women student leaders.