Dr. Donald Boomgaarden most recently served as provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Scranton. He will take over as president on July 1.
He will succeed current president Dr. Jack Calareso, who began his tenure at the college in 2014 following a 17-year run by Sister Elizabeth Hill.
“The inclusive and transformational mission of St. Joseph’s resonates deeply with me, and I can tell from my campus visits that the students, faculty and staff truly strive live up to their motto, 'esse non videri: to be, not to seem,'” said Boomgaarden.
A scholar with extensive experience in higher education, Boomgaarden has served as dean of the College of Music and Fine Arts at Loyola University New Orleans and assistant vice president of Academic Affairs at Loyola University Maryland, among other administrative and academic positions over the course of three decades.
A Fulbright Scholar, he graduated from Harvard's Institute for Management and Leadership in Education Program.
A music enthusiast, concert pianist and country fiddler, Boomgaarden is also a noted historian of 18th century opera, music aesthetics and harmonic theory, on which he has written and been published extensively.
He hopes to find time to teach in the music program at SJC.
St. Joseph's College was founded in 1916 and has an undergraduate enrollment of 4,000 and a graduate school enrollment of 1,000 at campuses in Clinton Hill and Patchogue,.
“At a time when many colleges and universities are challenged by a rapidly changing world, St. Joseph’s stands for what is great about American education and for what is most important to our students and their parents,” Boomgaarden added.