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July 20, 2010

Farmingdale State Names Dr. Tom Corti Vice President For Student Affairs

Will Supervise Student Activities, Services and Residence Halls

Dr. Thomas Corti
Dr. Thomas Corti
Tom Corti, PhD, an experienced senior administrator in higher education with vast knowledge of student life programs and services, has been named to the position of Vice President for Student Affairs at Farmingdale State College, concluding a four-month national search. The announcement was made today by Farmingdale State President W. Hubert Keen.

"As Farmingdale continues to grow and its stature continues to increase, it is critically important that our student life keeps pace with the progress we have made. I am confident that Dr. Corti is just the right person, at just the right time, to create and maintain a dynamic student experience for our resident population and commuter populations alike."

Dr. Corti, who will join Farmingdale on August 2, was most previously Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Development at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke, which has an enrollment of 6,500 with about 1,500 resident students. Farmingdale—which has experienced an 18 percent rise in full-time enrollment since 2007 under President Keen—has 7,000 students, including 550 residents.

"I was attracted to Farmingdale because of its strong academics, its technology programs rooted in strategic alignments with the business community, and the upward trajectory the campus is enjoying in every important measure," Dr. Corti said. "It is also clear to me that President Keen values students and expects the College to provide an environment where they can thrive both academically, intellectually, and socially. I wanted to be a part of that effort."

Over the last year, Farmingdale has been selected as one of the best baccalaureate colleges in the North by US News & World Report, named the second-safest campus in the nation by the online publication The Daily Beast, and ranked in the top 100 public colleges in the nation in the earning power of graduates by payscale.com.

As Vice President for Students Affairs, Dr. Corti will oversee student activities, the residence halls, and student services such as the Dean of Students Office, Student Success Center, Career Development, Personal Counseling, the Health and Wellness Center, and Disabled Student Services.

Prior to joining UNC-Pembroke, Dr. Corti was Vice President for Student Affairs at Newman University from 2005-2007, Vice President for Students Affairs at Texas A&M International University from 2000-2005, and Director of Student Activities/University Center at the University of Houston-Downtown from 1992-2000.

He earned a PhD in Diplomatic History from Saint Louis University, an MA in History from Saint Louis University, and his BA in History, Politics and Geography from the University of Portland. In addition, Dr. Corti completed the Governor's Executive Development Program at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Corti and his wife, Heather Corti, have three adult children, Jessica, Andre, and Gabriel, and two grandchildren, Teresa and Thomas.