Wagner College is proud to announce plans for the inauguration of its 19th president, Dr. Joel W. Martin, a lifelong educator. Martin most recently served as provost of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., from 2014 until 2019. He assumed the office of president at Wagner College on July 1 after the retirement of President Emeritus Richard Guarasci.
President Martin’s inauguration will be marked with a week of activities celebrating the theme of “Joy and Purpose” encapsulating Wagner’s mission “to enable people not only to have productive careers,” Martin says, “but also to have good lives of substance and service.”
On Tuesday, March 31 at 4:15 p.m. in the Main Hall auditorium, the college will host a reading by Joy Harjo, the first Native American poet laureate of the United States, with selections from her latest book, “An American Sunrise.” The connection between Harjo and Martin is particularly strong: She is a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, which was the subject of Martin’s first book as a scholar of Native American religious history, “Sacred Revolt: The Muskogees’ Struggle for a New World.” The program is sponsored by the Kaufman Repage Lecture series. To attend, you must visit the RSVP page of our inauguration website.
On Wednesday, April 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the faculty and students of Wagner College will present a showcase of their work. Research displays, multimedia presentations, performances and more will be exhibited in the Wagner Union building.
On Thursday, April 2 at 7 p.m. in Spiro Hall, Wagner College alumnus and Trump administration health official Anthony Ferreri ’72 will deliver a lecture sponsored by the Kaufman Repage Lecture series that will explore one of the four priorities of Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar: “the transformation of the American healthcare system, from one based upon payment for procedures to a value-based system that rewards outcomes rather than volume.” Prior to Ferreri’s appointment as the director of HHS Region II — covering New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight tribal nations — he was president and CEO of Staten Island University Hospital for 12 years. To attend, you must visit the RSVP page of our inauguration website.
The formal inauguration of President Joel Martin will take place at a ceremony on Friday, April 3 at 3 p.m. in the Spiro Sports Center’s Sutter Gymnasium.
The weeklong inaugural celebration will conclude on Saturday, April 4 with an invitation-only fundraising gala honoring President Martin at the Richmond County Country Club.
Complete event details and registration information are available online at wagner.edu/inauguration.
Wagner College was founded in 1883 in Rochester, N.Y. as a high school/junior college to prepare young German-American men for Lutheran seminary studies. After the school moved to Staten Island in 1918, it began its evolution into a 4-year, co-educational liberal arts college. Following World War II, the college began offering graduate degrees in business, education, nursing, physician assistant studies and microbiology. Today, Wagner College is ranked among the top fifth of northern regional universities by U.S. News & World Report and has earned national acclaim for its groundbreaking curriculum, the Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts.