Michael Fiorentino Jr., Ed.D. 1978, named Lock Haven University president

Dr. Michael Fiorentino Jr., executive vice president and provost of Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, was selected by the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) to serve as the next president of Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.

Fiorentino will assume his new duties on July 1, succeeding Dr. Barbara B. Dixon, who served as interim president of LHU.

Fiorentino served as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Fitchburg State for six years. He was named executive vice president in June, responsible for all academic and student service administrative offices and academic departments. He also served on the Senior Cabinet, the Development and University Advancement Team and the University Foundation Support Team, and as the university’s chief administrative officer in the absence of the president. He works closely with the executive director of development on the university’s capital campaign.

Fiorentino earned his Bachelor of Science degree in special education from Fitchburg State College in 1971. He has a Master of Education degree in special education from Boston University and a doctoral degree in educational administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Education. He worked for a year as a special education teacher in the Needham, Mass., public schools before joining the faculty of Fitchburg State as an assistant professor of special education in 1974.

He spent five years as associate dean and principal of the McKay Campus School/Teacher Education Center at Fitchburg before being named associate vice president for academic affairs in 1987. He also served as associate vice president and executive assistant to the president and chair of the Special Education Department. He has held the rank of professor since 1998.

Fiorentino is a member of the Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education’s Task Force on Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment and served on the National Voluntary System of Accountability Workgroup. He also has served as a consultant to the Association of American Schools of Central America and the Bermuda Ministry of Education, among others. He is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education and AASCU, and has worked with numerous community organizations.

Lock Haven University was founded in 1870. It currently enrolls nearly 5,500 students and has approximately 275 full- and part-time faculty at its main campus in Lock Haven and branch campus in Clearfield. It offers 70 undergraduate and four graduate degree programs.