Manhattan College was founded in 1853 by the Brothers of the Christian Schools, a Catholic teaching order started by Saint John Baptist de La Salle.
Our 20th president, Brother Daniel Gardner, FSC, has brought our Manhattan College community a warmth of spirit, culture of accountability, and unique level of accessibility. As Brother’s agreed-upon term began to wind down, we were challenged to begin a search process for our College’s next president — someone able to continue our mission in the spirit of the example Brother has set. With that as our charge, our presidential search process for the 21st president of Manhattan College has concluded.
Welcome Milo Riverso, the 21st president of Manhattan College.
Milo Riverso ’81, Ph.D., P.E., has been elected by the Board of Trustees as Manhattan College’s 21st president. With a compelling record of leadership at large and complex organizations; a thorough understanding of the current higher education landscape; and nearly four decades of unwavering service to Manhattan, Dr. Riverso is exceptionally qualified to lead the College during a time of both unique challenges and promising opportunities.
The Board has been collaborating with various campus leaders to solicit nominations for the search committee. The search committee advises the Board, which ultimately appoints the president. As chairperson-elect of the Board of Trustees, I will be joined on the search committee by the following members:
Margaret Groarke, Ph.D., Professor, Political Science, and Chair, CFA
Fredric Marro ’77, Trustee
Lynn Martin ’98, Trustee
Rosanne Thomas Matzat ’82, Trustee, Vice Chairperson
Thomas Mauriello, Vice President of College Advancement
Kashifuddin Qazi, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Computer Science
Anthony Scala Jr. ’74, Trustee
Zahra Shahbazi, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Brother Robert J. Smith, FSC, Ph.D., Trustee
We will also be assisted by search consultants from WittKieffer: Robin Mamlet, Amy Crutchfield and Jeff Compher. The Board joins me in expressing our hope that there will be robust input from the College community throughout this process. You will be hearing shortly about a series of listening sessions, as well as a survey through which you can provide your valuable input. This presidential search webpage featuring information and updates will also be shared in the near future.
We hope you will be able to participate in the search process and thank you in advance for sharing your perspective. Your input is essential.
Stephen J. Squeri ’81, ’86 (MBA) Chairperson-Elect, Board of Trustees Chairperson, Presidential Search Committee
On behalf of the Manhattan College Board of Trustees, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Milo Riverso ’81, Ph.D., P.E., as the 21st president of Manhattan College. Dr. Riverso will begin his term on July 1, 2023.
Manhattan College conducted a nearly four-month presidential search that attracted a diverse slate of candidates with a variety of backgrounds from across the country. The 10-person search committee was made up of trustees, faculty and administrators who engaged with the College community via listening sessions and conducted a rigorous selection and interviewing process before selecting Dr. Riverso.
Dr. Riverso is a highly strategic and transformational leader who values input, seeks opportunities and embraces challenges. A true visionary and innovator, he will advance Manhattan College and its commitment to excellence in education. His passion for Manhattan is evidenced in decades of support to the institution and genuine understanding of the College’s core values and Lasallian mission.
He received his Ph.D. in civil engineering from Purdue University in 1984 and a master of science in civil engineering, also from Purdue, in 1982. He earned a bachelor of engineering from Manhattan College in 1981, and is licensed as a professional engineer in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
Dr. Riverso’s professional and leadership accomplishments include 15 years – including nine years as president and CEO – in leadership roles at STV Group Inc., one of the nation’s largest planning, design and construction management firms. From 2005 to 2020, he guided the firm through an unprecedented period of growth and profitability by astute management of its corporate, technical, financial and administrative activities. He attracted new clients, fostered talent, and instituted leadership training and mentoring programs, thus establishing STV as an industry leader.
Prior to his tenure at STV Group, Dr. Riverso was senior vice president at AMEC, a construction management firm. Before that, he served as vice president of project management and operations, then president and CEO, at the New York City School Construction Authority. There, he oversaw a staff of 900 employees responsible for the site selection, real estate procurement, planning, design and construction of the capital improvements and new construction of New York City’s public schools.
Throughout his career, Dr. Riverso has lent his vast expertise to numerous professional organizations in the engineering and construction industries, as well as academia. He is currently the chair of the National Academy of Construction, a past trustee of the MOLES, and chair emeritus and fellow of the Construction Management Association of America. From 1998 to 2016, he served on the board of directors of the ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York, including eight years as board chair. He was named chair emeritus in 2016. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Center for Buildings, Infrastructure and Public Space at Columbia University and has served on the master’s construction program curriculum review committee at NYU. In addition to his numerous leadership and professional commitments, over the years Dr. Riverso has devoted critical, multifaceted and seemingly boundless support to Manhattan College, from which his father and several siblings also graduated. Starting in 1989, he taught graduate students as an adjunct professor in Manhattan’s civil engineering master’s degree program for several years. He has served on the Engineering Curriculum Review Committee for 25 years and on the Facilities and Development Committees since 1999. For more than a decade, he was a member and also served as president of the Jasper Mentor Program.
Dr. Riverso has lent his formidable energies to fundraising for the College, serving as chair of the Construction Golf Outing and the Sporting Clays Outing multiple times. In 2014, in recognition of his corporate leadership and selfless service to Manhattan, he was awarded the De La Salle Medal. He has been an indispensable member of the Board of Trustees since 2015.
In recognition of his many contributions to industry and communities, Dr. Riverso has been the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions. In 2022 he received the Women Builders Council Champion Award. He was named 2012 Man of the Year by the New York Landmarks Conservancy and, in 2010, received the New York Building Congress George A. Fox Public Service Award.
Dr. Riverso and his wife Michele live in Scarsdale, New York. They are the parents of four grown children: Michael, Anthony, Nadia and Peter.
I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the presidential search committee for its ongoing support and dedication. But, most importantly, thank you to all members of the Manhattan College community. Your participation and input, whether through the survey or a listening session, were invaluable and provided the necessary insights to guide this important process.
I am sure you join me in extending a special thank you to Brother Daniel Gardner for his service this past year. Brother Dan’s steadfast commitment, his true Lasallian spirit and genuine love for the College was felt throughout the community, and we are most grateful.
I would like to take this opportunity to not only provide you with an update on the presidential search process but also, more importantly, to thank you for your most valuable input and participation in the recently conducted listening sessions and for your thoughtful survey submissions.
As the new board chair, it not only provided me the opportunity to speak to many of you for the first time but also it further confirmed for me and the search committee your deep commitment to Manhattan’s Lasallian mission. We are most grateful for receiving input on the College’s strengths, traditions, educational priorities, and overall criteria required for our next leader.
In the days and weeks ahead, the search committee, assisted by the search consultants at WittKeiffer, remains dedicated to our commitment to all aspects of the search process and to making its recommendation for the College’s 21st president to the board of trustees by the end of June.
Once again, I am grateful for your contributions and support and especially for your love of Manhattan College.
Stephen J. Squeri ’81, ’86 (MBA) Chairperson, Board of Trustees Chairperson, Presidential Search Committee
As announced, the search for the 21st president of Manhattan College is underway.
We are eager to construct a process that is as strong and inclusive as possible, and community letters such as this one will be posted on a dedicated College webpage: https://manhattan.edu/presidential-search. Please check here for a list of the members of the Presidential Search Committee, the leadership profile and important information and updates.
The presidential search will begin by listening. Accordingly, the Presidential Search Committee, assisted by search consultants from WittKieffer, will be holding a series of listening sessions. The goal for these conversations is to engage in a dialogue about Manhattan College’s strengths, opportunities, culture and priorities, and to contribute to defining the criteria that will be used in the selection of our next leader. These conversations will be held virtually and last approximately 50 minutes. Please join us by attending the session below that suits you best. If you are unavailable when your group is meeting, please feel welcome to attend the open session.
Christian Brothers Community: Monday, April 10 at 4:30 p.m.
Faculty: Monday, April 17 at 3:30 p.m. Students: Tuesday, April 18 at 3:30 p.m.
Alumni: Tuesday, April 25 at 7 p.m.
Non-cabinet administrators and staff: Thursday, April 27 at 3:30 p.m.
Open session: Wednesday, April 26 at 12 noon
A link for the forum targeted to your group will follow in a further communication. In addition to, or instead of attending a forum, members of the Manhattan College community are invited to submit your thoughts via a survey that will be shared, anonymously, with the members of the search committee and our consultants. Thank you in advance for your thoughtful participation.
Stephen J. Squeri ’81, ’86 (MBA) Chairperson, Board of Trustees Chairperson, Presidential Search Committee
Manhattan College is a leading Lasallian Catholic college located in the historic Riverdale section of the Bronx, New York. It has a long and distinguished history of instilling in students the knowledge, skills and wisdom necessary for successful lives of authenticity and meaning. The College now seeks a dynamic, visionary and proven leader to serve as its 21st president as Manhattan continues its tradition of providing a transformative education that touches minds and hearts by promoting community, faith and respect.