Provost's Office


Dr. Charles Riordan

Charlie Riordan serves as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Charles Riordan

The provost and senior vice president for academic affairs is second in command to the President at the University.  In this role, Dr. Riordan is responsible for the academic enterprise of the University, our Schools, Colleges, and academic programs, as well as the Libraries, the Hofstra Museum, the Saltzman Community Center, and Institutional Research all fall under his responsibility.

Before joining Hofstra, Dr. Riordan served as the University of Delaware’s Vice President of Research, Scholarship, and Innovation.  He was a member of UD’s faculty since 1997 and served as chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education.  Throughout his career, Riordan has fostered efforts to recruit, retain and mentor faculty from underrepresented groups, while creating a climate of belonging.

Dr. Riordan is an internationally known inorganic chemist whose research has been supported primarily by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. He is the recipient of a 1994 National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award (NYI). An elected fellow of both the Royal Society of Chemistry and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he received the 2013 American Chemical Society Delaware Section Award for his scholarly research. Riordan was elected into Texas A&M University’s College of Science Academy of Distinguished Former Students. In 2022, he received the University of Delaware’s Medal of Distinction for his contributions to society and the University. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the College of Holy Cross, his Ph.D. at Texas A&M University, and was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Chicago.