Phil Riordan to join Lynn as Vice President for Student Development

Published Oct. 20, 2008

Lynn University President Kevin M. Ross recently announced the appointment of Dr. Phillip (Phil) Riordan as the university’s new vice president for student development. Riordan will join the university in January at the outset of its inaugural J-term.

In a letter to all faculty and staff, Ross said Riordan was selected for “his range of experience, grasp of his discipline, commitment to serving students and ideals about our roles as educators. I look forward to seeing what our student development division can achieve under his leadership.” 

Riordan will join Lynn after almost ten years at Millersville University in Lancaster, Pa., where he serves as the associate vice president of student affairs. In his more than 24 years in higher education, he has accumulated extensive experience in student affairs administration – overseeing student development activities, housing and residence life programs, admissions and numerous other divisions at institutions including the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and James Madison University.

“Lynn is clearly a dynamic institution with an exciting future under the leadership of Dr. Ross and this cabinet,” said Riordan. “Everyone I met was excited about the institution’s future and intent on making a difference in it.”

Riordan says that a meeting with students also convinced him that Lynn was the right destination for him. “I had lunch with four students during my last visit and I came away feeling that these were students I wanted to work with and serve – and ensure that their experience at Lynn is second to none.”

At Millersville, a four-year public institution, Riordan supervised multiple student affairs divisions including student activities, housing and residential programs, judicial affairs, intramurals and international student services, among many others. He joined the university in 1999 as the director of housing and residential programs and was promoted to assistant vice president in 2001 and associate vice president in 2005. He was interim vice president for student affairs from Nov. 2006 to July 2007. Prior to joining the Millersville staff, Riordan spent nine years as associate director of housing and residence life at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and was the assistant director of residence life and orientation director at James Madison University from 1987-1990. He has also held appointments in admissions and residence life at Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine and Heidelberg College.

Riordan, who has presented numerous papers on freshman year experience programs and residence life issues, earned his doctorate in educational leadership and policies from the University of South Carolina, Columbia. He has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Bowling Green State University.