Steven Schreiner, Ph.D., P.E., Named Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Schreiner had been the Dean of the School of Engineering at The College of New Jersey for 12 years.

Steven Schreiner portrait photoSteven Schreiner, Ph.D., P.E., will be Manhattan College’s next provost and vice president of academic affairs, effective July 6. 

Schreiner will join Manhattan College from The College of New Jersey, where he has served as Dean of the School of Engineering since 2008.

“Steven Schreiner brings to Manhattan an extensive record of accomplishment as an educator and administrator,” said Dr. Brennan O’Donnell, president of Manhattan College.  “He has a deep understanding of the ways in which liberal arts education and professional preparation complement one another, and a demonstrated ability to lead strategically in a complex environment.”

During his academic career, Schreiner developed several new and accelerated academic programs in his roles as dean and department chair. Working closely with TCNJ’s School of Education, he oversaw the creation of a new Master’s of Education in integrative-STEM for in-service teachers that utilizes online and blended modalities. In consultation with TCNJ’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences, his team also created a public policy option within the undergraduate engineering science degree program that offers interested students the opportunity to combine political science and engineering while gaining internship experience through a partnership with The Washington Center. At Western New England University, he collaborated with both the business and law schools developing accelerated graduate degrees.

Schreiner spearheaded the development of new facilities including a 76,000-square foot STEM building. He also oversaw design for major renovations of laboratory, classroom, and support spaces at both TCNJ and Western New England University, where he was founding chair of biomedical engineering, and chair of the engineering undergraduate admissions committee from 2001 to 2008.

“I am honored to have been chosen as the next provost and vice president for academic affairs for Manhattan College,” Schreiner said. “The college’s focus on academic excellence founded in the Lasallian tradition creates an authentic educational environment where the search for truth is unfettered. I am impressed with Manhattan College’s mission and culture, and am looking forward to joining and contributing to this welcoming community.”

At TCNJ, Schreiner supported a National Science Foundation Advance Grant aimed at increasing the participation and advancement of women in academic careers in science and engineering. And as part of his role in the college-wide governance system, he helped lead the development of family-friendly tenure policies that included benefits for those who take maternity and paternity leave. 

During Schreiner’s time at TCNJ, annual donations to the School of Engineering increased by more than 60% and applications increased by more than 80%. Schreiner prioritized undergraduate research and scholarship as a strategic priority, and led a task force of corporate and faculty advisors creating proper incentives and intellectual property policies that encouraged industry-college partnerships and research contracts.

At TCNJ, Schreiner oversaw an increase in international and study-abroad participation, including lowering barriers through curriculum integration. An accomplished grant writer, Schreiner facilitated increased grant writing among the TCNJ faculty in his school, moving from sporadic grant activity to an average of 20 submissions annually, totaling $15 million in the previous five years. He also secured resources for strategic initiatives and asset renewal, and oversaw development of 10 newly endowed scholarships.

Schreiner is a nationally and internationally recognized accreditation expert, serving as a commissioner and member of the executive committee of the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. He has also served on advisory boards at Clemson University and Vanderbilt University.

Schreiner received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Western New England University, and earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Vanderbilt University. He was also a National Institute of Health post-doctoral researcher in radiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

By Pete McHugh