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March 1, 2010

Farmingdale State College Names Dr. Lucia Cepriano Provost

Architect of Enrollment Success to Lead Academic Enterprise

Dr. Lucia Cepriano
Dr. Lucia Cepriano
Lucia Cepriano, PhD, a faculty member and administrator of the campus who has been chiefly responsible for its phenomenal enrollment growth and increasingly selective admissions requirements, has been named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Farmingdale State College, effective immediately. The announcement was made today by Farmingdale President W. Hubert Keen.

“Farmingdale is advancing in many critical areas, expanding academic programs, and investing in its research enterprise,” Dr. Keen said. “In addition, Long Island relies on us to provide a superior education, a skilled workforce, and economic prosperity for the region. For those reasons, Dr. Cepriano is just the right person, at just the right time, to create and lead the College’s academic vision.”

As Provost at Farmingdale, Cepriano will supervise the academic programs at the College’s four schools—Arts & Sciences, Engineering Technology, Health Sciences, and Business—the faculty research enterprise, library, and institutional research and assessment. She will report to the President.

“From the first, Farmingdale State College impressed me as an institution of great potential and exciting opportunity, with academic programs of the highest quality, a talented faculty, and dedicated staff,” Dr. Cepriano said. “Under President Keen’s capable leadership, the college has flourished beyond all expectations. I am privileged to have been part of it up to now, and I eagerly look forward to this next phase of my association with this institution.”

Cepriano had served as Acting Provost since 2009. She also held the title of Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. Other positions she has held at Farmingdale since joining the campus in 1994 include Assistant Provost, Acting Associate Dean in the School of Arts and Sciences, and Assistant Professor in the Biology Department. She also served as the Associate Director of Research for the Aquatic Research and Environmental Assessment Center at Brooklyn College.

Cepriano was largely responsible for preparing the College’s five-year interim report to the Middle States Association in 2006. She also has overseen for several years the campus’ program to comply with the SUNY assessment initiative. Her enrollment strategies have propelled improvements in the quality of students at a time when Farmingdale’s progress is attracting increasing national attention.

Since 2000, Farmingdale’s total enrollment has increased 39 percent to 7,000—making it the largest of the colleges of technology and applied science in SUNY. Additionally, in that span, full-time enrollment has increased 67 percent. The average GPA for incoming new students has climbed from 83 to 87 since 2003.

The College is in the midst of a $185 million construction and renovation project that will include a new Campus Center, a new building for the School of Business, and a refurbishment of academic buildings and the library. Farmingdale has recently been named among the best baccalaureate colleges in the North by U.S. News & World Report, was among the top 100 public colleges nationwide in graduate earning power in a survey by payscale.com, and was judged the second-safest campus in the nation in a statistical analysis by the online magazine The Daily Beast.