Dr. Richard Guarasci is the 18th President of Wagner College, where he was previously the Provost and Senior Vice President, responsible for academic and student affairs, admissions, and support service, in addition to serving as the chief operating officer. He holds the rank of Professor of Political Science and he teaches in the areas of democracy, citizenship and American diversity.
At Wagner, Dr. Guarasci founded the Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts, the four-year curriculum for all undergraduates, that draws together a substantive liberal arts core into a series of learning communities and experiential learning tutorials.
Dr. Guarasci was Dean of the College and Professor of Political Science at Hobart College from 1992 to 1997. Previously he served as Dean and founding Director of the First-Year Program at St. Lawrence University, a nationally celebrated model program of democratic living and learning required for all first-year students that joined first-year housing with a two-semester schedule.
Dr. Guarasci is the author of ‘‘Democratic Education in the Age of Difference: Redefining Citizenship in Higher Education” (Jossey-Bass, 1997) and numerous other publications, including three books, more than 20 articles and more than 50 conference presentations. He is now a national leader in higher education with many speaking engagements throughout the United States. He is an active educational consultant for more than 20 universities and colleges. Time Magazine selected him as a National Undergraduate Educator and he received awards from the Sears Foundation, the Glitz Family Prize and many other citations including a day of recognition by proclamation of the City Council in Geneva, New York. Recently, Congressman Vito Fossella and the Staten Island Civic Association both cited him for public service on Staten Island. He served on the National Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges and Universities and the Board of Trustees of the Independent Colleges Fund of New York and he is co-chair of New York State Campus Compact. He is a Fellow of the Society for Values in Higher Education and a PEW Foundation Fellow with the Washington Center for Learning in building natural leadership in Learning Communities. He is a member of the faculty for the Asheville Institute and an Advising Board Member for the Models for Democracy Project of SVHE.
Dr. Guarasci recently authored ‘‘Developing the Democratic Arts” in About Campus (Feb. 2001) and ‘‘On Becoming the Good College: Lessons Learned” in Liberal Education.
Dr. Guarasci holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Fordham University. He received his M.A. in Economics and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Indiana University.
What does a college president really do all day? Richard Guarasci takes us through a day in the life. Also read the 10th Anniversary story from the Wagner Magazine.