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Office of the Provost
Provost's Biography

Concetta M. Stewart, Ph.D. serves Mercy College as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. She has held this position since August 2012, and served as Interim President of the College during the 2013-14 academic year.

With more than 20 years as an academic leader in higher education, Dr. Stewart's leadership, experience and skill set enhance and support the impressive achievements of the College during its current period of progress and innovation.

Prior to joining Mercy College, Dr. Stewart served as dean and professor of the School of Art and Design at Pratt Institute. Dr. Stewart provided academic, fiscal and strategic leadership and was responsible for leading Pratt's largest school with more than 3,300 undergraduate and graduate students in 15 degree programs, many of which are ranked among the top in the country. During her time at Pratt, Dr. Stewart significantly increased the academic offerings by launching new degrees and programs as well as new departments including film and photography. Prior to her position at Pratt, Dr. Stewart served as dean of the School of Communications and Theater at Temple University. Some of Dr. Stewart’s most significant accomplishments during her deanship at Temple include doubling enrollment and personnel, creating an effective Board of Visitors, leading cutting-edge technology initiatives, and establishing a fundraising culture that resulted in the school raising more than $10 million over eight years including $2.5 million in research and technology grants along with several large gifts realized shortly after her departure. Under her leadership, Temple University was cited as "most wired" by Wired magazine, The Princeton Review and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Dr. Stewart serves as a trustee of The American College of Greece, as well as on the boards of the American Council of Education’s Inclusive Excellence Group and the Advertising Educational Foundation. She also brings to higher education more than a decade of experience in the telecommunications industry in product management and organizational effectiveness.

Dr. Stewart has published widely on subjects relating to communications, education and technology including her edited volume titled "Teaching and Learning with Technology: Beyond Constructivism." She holds a Ph.D. in Communication & Information Studies from Rutgers University and an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School. She completed her B.A. in European History at Rutgers University.