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February 26, 2008

Dr.  Lucia Cepriano Appointed Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

Will Lead Farmingdale State College's Efforts in Admissions and Student Life

Dr. Lucia Cepriano
Dr. Lucia Cepriano

Dr. Lucia Cepriano, a professor and administrator at Farmingdale State College since 1994, has been appointed Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, College President W. Hubert Keen has announced.  Dr. Cepriano will be responsible for all aspects of Student Affairs including student life activities, student support services, and the residence halls for Farmingdale's nearly 6500 students, as well as supervising the Admissions and Enrollment process."Dr. Cepriano has been a valued member of my administrative team and a valued member of the campus community," Dr. Keen said. "She will play a critical role as we continue to enhance the campus environment for students, including the construction of a new Student Center . During her three years as Enrollment Management Director, the college has exceeded its enrollment target each year and she has contributed to making Farmingdale a thriving, growing campus."

Dr. Cepriano joined the College faculty as an Assistant Professor of Biology 14 years ago. She has held a variety of increasingly responsible administrative positions, including Acting Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Assistant Provost and Director of Enrollment Management, and Acting Provost. While Dr. Cepriano led Farmingdale's efforts in enrollment management, the College achieved 103 percent of its enrollment target for Fall 2007.

"Farmingdale plays an important role in the region through it's education and training of students, development of the region's workforce, its research enterprise, and the increasing application of advanced technology to academic programs to meet student and industry needs," Dr. Cepriano said. "It is exciting to be a part of this growth and expansion."

Dr. Cepriano's accomplishments extend beyond the Farmingdale State community. From 1996-2004, she was the Associate Director of Research for the Aquatic Research and Environmental Assessment Center at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. Her teaching and research areas are in aquatic biology, endocrinology, human anatomy, and physiology. Her research has been supported by grants from Sea Grant, NASA and other agencies, yielding more than twenty research papers.

She is internationally known for her seminal work in locating endocrine and nervous systems hormones, regulatory peptides ,and receptors using immunohistochemical methods. She is the author of numerous articles employing these techniques in fishes that serve as research animals, including those that flew on NASA space shuttle missions.