Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo
Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D., became the tenth president of Saint Anselm College on July 15, 2013. He is the first lay president of Saint Anselm in the College's 124-year history.
Dr. DiSalvo, 51, has extensive leadership experience in Catholic higher education and national philanthropic fundraising. He came to Saint Anselm from Marian University in Wisconsin, where he strengthened the university's endowment, transformed the campus infrastructure and landscape architecture, and added both undergraduate and graduate programs that focused on academic quality and service.
Prior to joining Marian in 2010, he served as president and founder of The Hopewell Group Inc., which assists in transfers of wealth for individuals, family foundations and corporations. He was executive director of the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation, which works to end domestic violence through education and other interventions. He also led Junior Achievement of New York Inc., an organization that inspires K-12 students to be successful by providing business education through volunteer role models.
This wide range of philanthropic experiences followed Dr. DiSalvo's service at three Jesuit universities, Fordham, Loyola Chicago and Fairfield, where he raised money and worked in the office of the president. He currently serves on the advisory board of the Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham University.
Dr. DiSalvo has a special concern for access and diversity in higher education, topics he has written about for national audiences. He is a passionate advocate of a Catholic, liberal arts education in a residential setting, which he says is valuable both for students and for society. "Young people benefit
from intellectual growth in the classroom, and from social and spiritual development in a caring community. Society gains thoughtful citizens and leaders," he says.
"Walk around our campus, you can feel the transformation taking place. Students are developing their moral compass. They are becoming ethical leaders through their studies and co-curricular involvements."
Dr. DiSalvo completed a Ph.D. in educational leadership at Fordham University, where he also earned an M.B.A. in marketing and B.S. in psychology.
"I am honored to be chosen as the first lay president in the nearly 125-year history of Saint Anselm College," Dr. DiSalvo said. "I have great admiration for the mission of the Benedictines, their outstanding work in Catholic higher education and their commitment to excellence. I share the values set forth by Saint Anselm and look forward to engaging the entire community in living the mission. I am proud to call myself an Anselmian!"
Dr. DiSalvo and his wife, Eileen, who is also an educator with a master's in education, have three sons. Tom is a junior in college, and Andrew is a senior and Connor a sophomore in high school.