Senior Staff

Dr. Richard Guarasci


Dr. Richard Guarasci has served for the past ten years as the 18th President of Wagner College, where he was previously the provost and senior vice president for five years. He holds the rank of professor of political science, and he teaches in the areas of democracy, citizenship, and American diversity. Dr. Guarasci was dean of the College and professor of political science at Hobart College from 1992-1997. Previously, he served as dean and founding director of the first year program at St. Lawrence University. Dr. Guarasci holds a Bachelor of Science from Fordham University. He received a master’s in economics and a doctorate in political science from Indiana University.


Angelo G. Araimo

Senior Vice President for Planning and Enrollment

Angelo Araimo joined Wagner in 1994 and oversees the offices of admissions, financial aid, athletics, external programs, and institutional research. He also oversees all of the College’s enrollment and retention efforts. Since 2005, Mr. Araimo has worked closely with the Board of Trustees while directing the institutional strategic plan. Under his leadership, enrollment has grown by 50%, and the residential population of the College has doubled. Previously, he held the position of director of admissions at St. Joseph’s College in New York, where he worked for five years. Mr. Araimo also taught history at both St. Joseph’s College and St. John’s University from 1986-1994. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in history from St. John’s University. He has also completed all coursework towards a doctorate in global history from St. John’s.


Dr. Lily D. McNair

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Lily D. McNair became the provost and vice president for academic affairs of Wagner College on July 1, 2011. Before coming to Wagner, Dr. McNair served as the associate provost of research and professor of psychology at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She also served as a professor of psychology on the faculties of the University of Georgia and SUNY New Paltz, as well as a clinical psychologist at Vassar College. Dr. McNair received her undergraduate degree in psychology at Princeton University, and her doctorate in psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

John Carrescia

John A. Carrescia, Jr.

 Vice President for Business & Finance and Chief Financial Officer

John Carrescia joined Wagner College in 2003 and currently oversees the College’s Finance and Business Office, Bursar’s Office, Postal Center, Copy Center, Dining Services, and Barnes and Noble Bookstore. He serves as the chair for the College’s pension committee and is responsible for all financial compliance and reporting requirements. Mr. Carrescia has been an adjunct professor for accounting at the College for the past decade. Before coming to Wagner, Mr. Carrescia was a supervising senior accountant at KPMG LLP. Mr. Carrescia is also an alumnus of Wagner, where he received his Bachelor of Science in accounting, and Master of Business Administration with a finance concentration.

Joseph Romano

Vice President for Administration

A member of Wagner's senior staff since 2006, Joseph Romano oversees the College's communications, marketing and human resources departments, as well as the maintenance, grounds, housekeeping, powerhouse, and public safety departments. He often works with President Guarasci on special projects. Before returning home to New York City, he served 15 years at Sewanee: The University of the South, in Tennessee, where he was executive director for communications. Prior to that he held similar positions at the University of Vermont, and at Lyndon State College of Vermont. Before entering college communications, he worked both as a newspaper reporter, and in broadcast radio. He holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from Lyndon State College.

Dr. Ruta Shah-Gordon

Vice President for Internationalization, Intercultural Affairs and Campus Life

Dr. Shah-Gordon oversees Residential Education, Co-Curricular Programs, the Wellness Center, Leadership Development, student conduct, the Center for Intercultural Advancement, Center for Spirituality and Lifelong Learning. She serves as the co-chair for the Diversity and Internationalization Action Council and is responsible for furthering the strategic blueprints for the College around these areas. As vice president, she leads the connection of students’ academic and co-curricular experiences, creating the opportunity to learn more about themselves as civically engaged, psycho-socially adapted, and interculturally competent citizens of the world. She also serves as the College's Title IX Deputy Coordinator and is Administrative Coordinator for the Mandela Washington Fellowship which is part of President Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative. She earned her doctorate in Leadership and Change from Antioch University.