November 17, 2023 BK LI

BROOKLYN and PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – November 17, 2023 – St. Joseph’s University, New York (SJNY) is pleased to announce that President Donald R. Boomgaarden, Ph.D., has been named a 2023 Top Chief Officer by the Herald Community Newspapers and RichnerLive. Awards will be presented on Wednesday, November 29 at The Heritage Club at Bethpage in Farmingdale, New York.

The Top Chief Awards honors top leaders, including regional presidents, executive officers, operating officers, technology officers, human resources officers and sales officers who have significantly shaped how we do business on Long Island. 

“I am honored to be recognized,” said Dr. Boomgaarden. “St. Joseph's University, New York considers social justice and service among our core values. We see our mission as more than just providing our students with a fine education, we also want them to go into the community and transform it for the better.”

Categories for the list include education, accounting and banking, entertainment and hospitality, health care, human resources, labor unions, not-for-profits, real estate and development, technology, tourism, transportation and utilities.

“Recognizing business leaders on Long Island is not just about acknowledging their successes, it's about celebrating the driving force behind our local economy, and the innovation that shapes our community's future," said Amy Amato, executive director of RichnerLive. “We are thrilled to honor these individuals.”

Dr. Boomgaarden is the eighth president of St. Joseph's University, New York (formerly known as St. Joseph’s College). During his tenure, he has overseen an historical designation change from College to University — a status granted by the New York State Department of Education and New York State Board of Regents in April 2022; has been at the forefront of a successful reaccreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; launched two consecutive strategic plans; and grown the University’s endowment by nearly 50 percent. He also oversaw the completion of the $17 million student center on the University’s Long Island campus, which officially opened this fall.

Dr. Boomgaarden serves on the board of trustees for the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU); is Board Chair of the Association of Colleges of Sisters of St. Joseph (ACSSJ), a national organization of colleges and universities across the nation; a steering committee member of the Long Island Regional Advisory Council on Higher Education (LIRACHE), where he is also chair to the Superintendents and College President’s Partnership; and former chair of the Lower Hudson Valley Consortium of Catholic Colleges and Universities. 

A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Dr. Boomgaarden also studied at the University of Vienna, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He graduated from Harvard University’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Education, and has held teaching positions at the Eastman School of Music, Ithaca College Conservatory of Music, St. Mary’s College in Maryland, the Institut für Musikwissenschaft at the University of Salzburg, Loyola University Maryland and Loyola University New Orleans.

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St. Joseph’s University, New York has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the University provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility and service. Through its Brooklyn, Long Island and online campuses, the University offers degrees in more than 100 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.