Dr. Margaret M. Fitzpatrick, S.C.
Professor of Education
St. Thomas Aquinas College
B.A., Boston State College; M.A., Fordham University,
M.S.Ed., Columbia University; Ed. D., Columbia
University. D.H.L., St. John's University. (1995)
to Succeed in College
and the Workplace
Fitzpatrick began her tenure as the 8th President
of St. Thomas Aquinas College in 1995 and has
provided a vibrancy that the college community
has embraced for the ride into the millennium!
a month of taking office, Dr. Fitzpatrick was
seated next to President William Jefferson Clinton
at Mr. Clinton's National Prayer Breakfast for
100 leaders from across the nation. She discussed
Higher Education -- President to President.
1995 through 2003 Dr. Fitzpatrick has
Madeleine Albright for a lecture on world peace;
John Cardinal O'Connor as the celebrant for
Secured over $5 million in new funding for student
scholarships from private individuals and foundation
Costello Hall, an Arts, Sciences & Technology
Building and renovated the Aquinas Hall Gymnasium;
funding and technology through McGraw Hill to
create a campus-wide intranet system;
a site on campus to offer New York University's
Master of Social Work program;
study abroad for students to go to Ireland,
Italy, Hungary, England, Canada, and Brazil;
alliances, such as one that offers a St. Thomas
student a guaranteed slot in the St. John's
University School Of Law upon meeting qualifying
up an MBA program at the High Technology School
in Rabat, Morocco;
on the Montel Williams Show to offer an Honors
Program Scholarship to a student from Rockland
an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to the
Vice President of Brazil, His Excellency Marco
to the Board of Trustees of Catholic University
an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from St.
the Distinguished Alumni Award from Teachers
College of Columbia University;
to the Board of Bergen Catholic High School
Richard C. Holbrooke, United States Ambassador
to the United Nations for a Commencement Address;
to the NCAA Division II Presidents Council;
to the Board of Directors of the Association
of Catholic Colleges and Universities (DC).
the charge to secure the prestigious NCATE Accreditation
for the College's Teacher Education Programs.
initiative is designed to benefit St. Thomas Aquinas
College students, 1,500 of whom are Rocklanders.
Our intranet system links our students with our
computer labs and our faculty, whether they are
in a dorm room on campus or at home in Rockland
County, New York or Tokyo, Japan," Dr. Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick resides in a college home in Sparkill.
She has co-chaired the Arthritis Foundation Dinner.
She is active in the United Way and served as
its volunteer chairperson. She serves on the Nyack
Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, and has
been named to the board of trustees of Catholic
University of America (D.C.). She was recently
appointed to the Board of Directors of the Association
of Catholic Colleges and Universities (DC) and
will join the NCAA Division II Presidents Council
in April 2003, after receiving an appointment
by that council in January 2003.
Thomas Aquinas College remains one of the lowest
private college tuitions in New York. U.S. News
and World Report's 2001 America's Best Colleges
Guide ranked St. Thomas #22 in the northeast among
the top tier liberal arts colleges when comparing
quality to cost. That followed a 1997 US News
top tier ranking and a Money Magazine ranking
in '90 & '95.
Fitzpatrick served 14 years at St. John's University,
most recently as senior vice president. She holds
an Ed.D. & MS.Ed. from Columbia University,
an M.A. from Fordham University and a B.A. from
Boston State College.