Albertus Magnus College has announced the appointment of Lorrie Greenhouse Gardella as vice president for professional and graduate studies, a new senior-level position reporting directly to the Office of the President.
Gardella will serve as a member of the College's Administrative Council, providing strategic and operational leadership focused on assessing and sustaining current evening programs and, over time, developing additional accelerated degree and graduate programs. She will hold the academic rank of Professor of Human Services.
"We are pleased to welcome Lorrie Greenhouse Gardella to the Albertus Magnus community and campus. She has had a distinguished academic career, including teaching and administrative positions. Her depth of experience with programs for adult learners will serve us well as we move ahead in this important area," President Julia M. McNamara said.
"I have long admired the innovative educational opportunities that Albertus Magnus College extends to adult learners. I will be guided by an appreciation of the transformative purpose of education and lifelong learning for individuals, families and communities," said Gardella.
During an academic career spanning 26 years at the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, Lorrie Gardella was a distinguished member of the faculty and held increasingly responsible teaching and leadership positions, most recently as Professor of Social Work, associate dean in the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, and director of the University's Program for Adult Learners, where she guided the development of five bachelor's degree programs offering optional concentrations and accelerated paths to graduate studies.
Gardella holds a bachelor's degree from Smith College, J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law and a master's degree in social work from the University of Connecticut. In June she was named a Health Leadership Fellow by the Connecticut Health Foundation; in 2011, Syracuse University Press published her biography "The Life and Thought of Louis Lowy: Social Work Through the Holocaust."
Albertus Magnus College, a Catholic College in the Dominican Tradition founded in 1925, is a co-educational institution with nearly 1,700 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs.