Office of the Provost

Office of the Provost

The Office of the Provost is dedicated to fostering academic excellence, innovation and the pursuit of knowledge.

Heather E. Barry, Ph.D., serves as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at St. Joseph’s University, New York. As a longtime leader in higher education, Dr. Barry brings an immense wealth of experience and a deep passion for educational advancement. The Office of the Provost is committed to supporting and enhancing the academic mission of St. Joseph’s University, New York, working collaboratively with faculty, staff and students to ensure a dynamic and enriching academic environment.

Explore this space to learn more about our scholarly initiatives, diverse programs and the visionary approach that propels St. Joseph's toward a future of academic achievement and transformative learning experiences.

Academic Leadership Team

Heather Barry, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Barry earned a B.A. and M.A. in History from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, and a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has published several works, including her latest on seventeenth-century Quakers, and has taught an array of courses during her tenure, including Women and Gender in American History, African-American History, History of New York State and City, Historiography and Senior Capstone.  

She has been at the University since 2002 and previously served as Associate Provost, Assistant Provost for Strategic Planning and Assessment, Director of the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, and Associate Dean.

She is the author of A ‘Dress Rehearsal’ for Revolution: John Trenchard and Thomas Gordon’s Works in Eighteenth-Century British America. Her current research involves seventeenth-century religious groups in colonial America and her latest published article appeared in Quaker History in 2023 and is titled “The Real Housewives of the Seventeenth-Century Atlantic World: Elizabeth Hooton, Katherine Marbury Scott, Mary Dyer and Cassandra Southwick.” In 2015, her article titled “Naked Quaker Who Were Not So Naked: Seventeenth-Century Quaker Women in the Massachusetts Bay Colony” was published in the Historical Journal of Massachusetts.

Phillip Dehne, Ph.D.
Executive Dean, Brooklyn

Phillip Dehne, Ph.D., is the executive dean of St. Joseph’s University, New York in Brooklyn, and longtime faculty member and associate chair of history.

Dr. Dehne earned a Ph.D. in History from Syracuse University and has authored numerous scholarly articles and books, including After the Great War: Economic Warfare and the Promise of Peace in Paris 1919 (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019). Dr. Dehne is also the author of On the Far Western Front: Britain’s First World War in South America (Manchester University Press, 2009), along with various articles related to economic conflict during the First World War.

Eileen White Jahn, M.B.A., Ph.D.
Executive Dean, Long Island

Eileen White Jahn, M.B.A., Ph.D., is the executive dean of St. Joseph’s University, New York in Patchogue. Dr. White Jahn has been a member of the St. Joseph’s faculty since 1998, serving as a professor of business and chair of the Department of Business Administration and Marketing.

Over the years Dr. White Jahn has helped develop several new programs for the University, including the Graduate Management Studies program, as well as the Marketing, Human Resources, and Hospitality and Tourism majors. She has published several scholarly works on business practices and organizational management, and has published many articles in the popular press.

Her work has earned her numerous accolades, including the PEACE Award for Providing Exceptional Avenues for Cultural Exchange from the American Institute of Foreign Studies.