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President Stuart Rabinowitz

Stuart Rabinowitz


Stuart Rabinowitz was chosen by the Hofstra University Board of Trustees to serve as the eighth president of the University on December 20, 2000. Prior to his appointment, he served as dean of Hofstra University School of Law from September 1989 through June 2001. He joined the faculty of the Law School in 1972. President Rabinowitz currently holds the Andrew M. Boas and Mark L. Claster Distinguished Professor of Law.

President Rabinowitz has held positions with a number of important government and community organizations, including the Judicial Advisory Council of the State of New York Unified Court System, County of Nassau. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors for the Long Island Association, and as co-vice chair of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Committee. He has also served as a trustee of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities and on the board of directors the Long Island Technology Network. President Rabinowitz is a former member of the Nassau County Blue Ribbon Financial Review Panel and a former chair of the Nassau County Local Advisory Board. Additionally, President Rabinowitz served as a member of the Nassau County Commission on Government Revision, which was charged with drafting a new charter and a new form of government for the County. He is the recipient of the Martin Luther King Living the Dream Award, EOC; Distinguished Service in the Cause of Justice, Legal Aid Society; UJA Federation Leadership Award; the Bar Association of Nassau County Proclamation for Outstanding Service to both the legal profession and the community; the Community Service Award from the Conference of Jewish Organizations of Nassau County; and the Alumni Association of the City College of New York 2005 Townsend Harris Medal. President Rabinowitz has also been honored by the Long Island Software and Technology Network (LISTnet) and was the recipient of Networking magazine’s David Award. In 2009, he received the Chief Executive Leadership Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), District II. Claflin University presented President Rabinowitz with the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa in November 2009.

President Rabinowitz received a juris doctor, magna cum laude, from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a member of the board of editors of the Columbia Law Review and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He graduated from the City College of New York with honors, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the American Law Institute.

M. Patricia Adamski

M. Patricia Adamski

Senior Vice President for Planning and Administration

As senior vice president for planning and administration, Ms. Adamski has oversight for most operational and administrative functions of the University. She is responsible for long- and short-term planning for all administrative areas of the University, heads several task forces and committees, and serves as a liaison with various constituencies. Ms. Adamski, who directly oversees Enrollment Management, Student Affairs, Operations and Facilities, University Relations and Institutional Research.

Ms. Adamski is the Adolph J. and Dorothy R. Eckhardt Distinguished Professor of Corporate Law and was formerly vice dean of Hofstra's School of Law. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review. Before she joined the Hofstra School of Law's faculty in 1979, Ms. Adamski was an associate at Dewey, Ballantine, Bushby, Palmer & Wood in Manhattan. Her areas of specialty are corporate and securities litigation, and she has co-authored and regularly revises a major treatise on the responsibilities and liabilities of corporate officers and directors.

Herman A. Berliner

Herman A. Berliner, PhD

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

As Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Berliner is the chief academic officer of the University and is second in command to the President.

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Joseph M. Barkwill

Joseph M. Barkwill

Vice President for Facilities and Operations

Joseph M. Barkwill is responsible for providing leadership and overall management of the University's physical plant, new construction, renovation and maintenance of the University's buildings and grounds, custodial services, utilities, environmental and fire safety, regulatory compliance, and space utilization and analysis, as well as campus scheduling, conference services, auxiliary services and event management, and all related areas. He reports to Senior Vice President for Planning and Administration M. Patricia Adamski.

Mr. Barkwill has an extensive background in facilities management. He was named Assistant Vice President for Operations, Engineering & Utilities at Columbia University in 2004, and prior to that since October 2000 had been Columbia's Director of Physical Plant, Facilities Operations. Prior to his experience at Columbia, Mr. Barkwill served in varying capacities over 16 years at Brookhaven National Laboratory, including nine years as the Site Facility Manager.

Mr. Barkwill has an MBA from Columbia University, a Masters of Science in Engineering from SUNY Stony Brook, and a BE in Marine/Mechanical Engineering from the New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler. He also has numerous engineering and management licenses and certifications.

Stephanie Bushey

Stephanie Bushey

Vice President for Institutional Research and Assessment

Stephanie Bushey is Vice President for Institutional Research and Assessment at Hofstra University.   She joined Hofstra University in 1994 as Assistant Director of Institutional Research, and was promoted to Associate Director and then Director.  In 2000 Stephanie left Hofstra to work at the NPD Group in Port Washington, but returned to her role at Hofstra in 2002.  Over the past ten years, Stephanie has expanded the role of Institutional Research to include strategic and statistical analysis and assessment.   Her office also provides statistical models and projections for enrollment management.

In 2007, Stephanie completed her PhD in Applied Organizational Psychology at Hofstra.  She has a BFA from Syracuse University and MS in Social Research from Hunter College.  Prior to joining Hofstra, Stephanie Bushey worked in advertising for J. Walter Thompson and in development for The Buckley School.  Stephanie is a member of the Association for Institutional Research, Northeast AIR, the US News Advisory Committee, and serves on multiple task forces on campus.

Melissa Kane Connolly

Melissa Kane Connolly

Vice President for University Relations

Melissa Kane Connolly, vice president for University Relations, joined Hofstra University in 2003 and is responsible for Hofstra’s communication, marketing and public relations efforts. She chaired Hofstra’s 75th Anniversary committee and helped lead the University’s hosting of the 2016, 2012 and 2008 presidential debates; chaired each debate’s award-winning companion event series, and several other major debate events such as the 2010 New York State gubernatorial debate at Hofstra.

In December 2009, Connolly was named PR Professional of the Year for an academic institution by PR News, the national publication for communications professionals, and in 2020, Public Relations Professionals of Long Island awarded her the Jack Rettaliata Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Connolly was named to Long Island Business News’ "50 Most Influential Women" Hall of Fame and as a "40 Rising Stars Under 40" in 2002. She has been honored by the Girl Scouts of Nassau County and Girls Inc. of Long Island and was an Athena Long Island finalist in 2013. Her former community service includes board service for the Long Island Women's Agenda (as a vice president and president); the YMCA of Long Island; the Long Island Visitors and Convention Bureau; and the Girl Scouts of Nassau County, where she served as a co-chair for their annual awards luncheon and as founding chair of the Girls Go the Distance Walkathon. She was awarded the Honor Pin by the Girl Scouts of Nassau County in March 2010 and the Thanks Badge in March 2014 for her work as a long-time community leader.

A past president of the International Association of Business Communicators’ Long Island chapter, Ms. Connolly received the Achievement in Communications award from the chapter in 2006. She has served as a co-chair for the CASE District II Accolade Awards committee, a judge for the PRWeek Platinum Awards, and a judge for PRSSA’s Bateman Competition. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America's Counselors to Higher Education and on the Government Advisory Team for the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, as well as several fundraising and advisory committees for professional and charitable organizations. Ms. Connolly has also served as an Americorp Volunteer for Project Challenge in Long Beach. She is an adjunct assistant professor at Hofstra, and under her leadership, Hofstra University's communications team has won multiple higher education marketing awards, including a CASE Silver Circle of Excellence Award.

Prior to joining Hofstra, Ms. Connolly served as director of communications for New York State Senator Kemp Hannon and as the first director of marketing for Farrell Fritz, P.C., one of Long Island's largest law firms. Ms. Connolly received a bachelor of arts in communication arts from Hofstra University in 1989, where she was a member of Alpha Epsilon Rho, and an MFA in 2017.

Cornell Craig

Cornell Craig

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CDIO)

As the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CDIO) Cornell L. Craig provides vision and leadership in promoting an institutional culture that values and supports diversity and inclusion. He guides the University’s overall diversity and inclusion agenda by developing and facilitating strategies and structures that advance diversity and equity within campus units, in collaborations across campus, and through engagement of the surrounding communities.

Prior to joining Hofstra in 2019, Mr. Craig served as the Director of Multicultural Affairs and International Student Counselor at Bellarmine University (KY), and as the Assistant Dean of Diversity & Inclusion at Pace University (NY).

Mr. Craig has a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University (SIU-Carbondale) and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Bellarmine University.

Jessica Eads

Jessica Eads

Vice President for Enrollment Management

As Vice President for Enrollment Management, Ms. Eads is responsible for enrollment management, including undergraduate admission and financial aid.

Ms. Eads has a distinguished and varied career. Ms. Eads began her career in the deans office at New College, managing the University Without Walls and Off-Campus Education programs. In 1999, Ms. Eads became Associate Dean for MBA/EMBA Recruitment in Enrollment Services, and in 2002, she became Dean of Undergraduate Admission Operations. In 2006, Ms. Eads assumed overall responsibility for undergraduate recruitment and enrollment management when she became Dean of Admission and Financial Aid.

Ms. Eads has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from Hofstra University, a Master of Arts in Counseling and an MSED in Educational Administration from Columbia University Teachers College.

Dolores Fredrich, Esq.

Dolores Fredrich, Esq.

Senior Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel

Ms. Fredrich is responsible for managing the University’s legal affairs. She also oversees the Department of Human Resources and the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer reports to her. Ms. Fredrich graduated first in her class from Hofstra Law School, where she was Managing Editor of the Hofstra Law Review and recipient of the Most Distinguished Academic Record Award. She received her B.A., cum laude, from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Ms. Fredrich practiced law as a commercial litigation partner at Farrell Fritz for 20 years, where she represented individuals, businesses and local government in a range of matters. She also served as Law Clerk to the Honorable George C. Pratt, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

An active participant in the business, professional and not-for-profit communities of Long Island, Ms. Fredrich has served on the boards of the Long Island Coalition for Fair Broadcasting, the Long Island Fund for Women and Girls, the Maurer Foundation, the Cradle of Aviation Museum, and the Advisory Board of the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She has been named one of Long Island’s Top 50 Women by Long Island Business News (3 times and Hall of Fame award). She has received the Hofstra University School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award and is a recipient of the Outstanding Women in the Law Award (2017). She has been named one of Long Island’s leading attorneys by Long Island Business News.

Ms. Fredrich has also served on the Board of Directors of the Nassau County Bar Association and was a delegate to the New York Bar Association State House of Delegates. She is a past President of the Theodore Roosevelt American Inn of Court, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, past Chair of the Federal Courts and Commercial Litigation Committees of Nassau County Bar Association and a member of the Nassau County, New York State and American Bar Associations.

Rick Cole, Jr.

Rick Cole, Jr.

Vice President and Director of Athletics

Rick Cole, Jr., an innovative leader with more than 20 years' experience at college sports programs across the New York metro area and most recently the Vice President of Athletics Administration at Iona College, was named the Director of Athletics at Hofstra University on March 28.

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Catherine Hennessy

Catherine Hennessy

Senior Vice President for Financial Affairs and Treasurer

Reporting directly to the president, Vice President Hennessy serves as the University's chief financial officer. She oversees the development of the annual budget, as well as management and financial reporting of all fiscal operations, including accounts receivable, accounts payable, investments, payroll, purchasing, auxiliary services, and risk management. Working closely with the board of trustees, the vice president for financial affairs and treasurer is also responsible for monitoring the investment of University funds, and reporting the financial position of the University to external agencies.

Catherine Hennessy received her B.B.A. in 1981 from Hofstra University. She received her M.B.A. in 1990 from the University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School. She comes to Hofstra after having served as vice president of finance and treasurer of Adelphi University since 1986. From 1985 to 1986, she served as controller and assistant treasurer at Adelphi. From 1984 to 1985, she was a senior financial analyst at Morgan Guaranty, and from 1981 to 1984, she was senior auditor and computer audit specialist at Peat Marwick, Mitchell & Co.

She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Certified Accountants, the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers, the Metropolitan Region Professional Development Committee and has served on the Visiting Accreditation Teams of the Middle States Association since 1996.

W. Houston Dougharty

W. Houston Dougharty

Vice President for Student Affairs

W. Houston Dougharty is vice president for student affairs at Hofstra University.  He holds degrees from the University of Puget Sound (WA), Western Washington University, and the University of California-Santa Barbara (UCSB).  Before coming to Hofstra in 2014, he was a college admissions director for a dozen years, associate dean of students at Iowa State University, associate dean and acting dean at his undergraduate alma mater, Puget Sound, dean of students at Lewis & Clark College (OR), and vice president of Grinnell College (IA). During his time at Grinnell, he received the Outstanding Senior Student Affairs Officer award from NASPA Region IV-East in 2013, and the Distinguished Service to the Profession award from the Iowa Student Personnel Association in 2011. He is a native of Santa Fe, NM.

Over the past 32 years he has led and worked in the following areas of college student affairs: counseling & health services; substance abuse prevention; suicide and self-harming behaviors prevention; admissions; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally (lgbtqa) student services; women's center; student legal services; off-campus and commuter student programs; multicultural affairs; service learning; student activities, leadership, unions, and centers; assessment and retention; residence life; religious and spiritual life; learning skills; career services; orientation; judicial affairs; campus safety and crisis management; academic advising; international students; parent and family services; career development; outdoor programs; and financial aid.

Houston is very active regionally and nationally in NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) and nationally in ACPA (College Student Educators International).  He is a frequently invited speaker at conferences and at schools and colleges and has taught at both UCSB and Drake University (IA).  He has been cited in numerous publications (e.g., New York Times, Chronicle of Higher education, Seattle Times, USA Today) and is published in a number of books, including: Linking Theory to Practice: Case Studies with College Students (2000, 2012), The Advocate College Guide (2006), Maybe I Should . . . : Case Studies on Ethics for Student Affairs Professionals (2009), and Executive Transitions in Student Affairs (2014).

He lives in Hempstead with his family: Kimberly and their teenage son, Fen. Their daughter, Allie, a graduate of Earlham College, lives in Brooklyn.

Steve Fabiani

Steve Fabiani

Vice President for Digital Innovation and Technology

Steve Fabiani has served as the Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, where he was responsible for the executive management and re-structuring of the IT division; management of new implementations and major system upgrades, modernizing the campus networking infrastructure and the establishment and implementation of new technology procedures and security policies. While at Colgate, he implemented technology upgrades to key digital academic spaces, including the campus planetarium and virtual reality production facility, the Ho Tung Visualization Lab, and to classrooms campus-wide.

Prior to his leadership at Colgate University, he had leadership roles in information technology and academic computing at Haverford College, La Salle University, and the University of Pennsylvania. Fabiani has a Master of Science in Educational Technology from St. Joseph’s University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Temple University. He has been a Fellow of the Frye Leadership Institute, holds certificates and advanced education in human resources and development.

Alan J. Kelly, CFRE

Alan J. Kelly, CFRE

Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs

As vice president for development and alumni affairs, Alan J. Kelly is responsible for all aspects of University fundraising, development and leadership recruitment. Prior to joining Hofstra, Mr. Kelly was employed by Community Counseling Service (CCS), fundraising consultants, since 1997, serving most recently as operational vice president of CCS. In the course of his career, Mr. Kelly has provided professional counsel to dozens of clients in the areas of higher education, and religious and health organizations, raising more than $450 million. He has conducted capital campaigns, major gift solicitation programs, cultivation events and leadership training.

Mr. Kelly recently served as the executive director of the campaign for the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation. Prior to his assignment at Hofstra, he served as the executive director of the CCS team during the capital campaign at the Archdiocese of Boston.

Mr. Kelly is a Redington Scholarship graduate of the University of Scranton, with a degree in history and minors in English and theology.