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Saint Anselm President Appointed to NAICU Board

February 12, 2015

Michelle Adams
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Saint Anselm College President Dr. Steven R. DiSalvoSteven DiSalvo, Ph.D., president of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH, was one of eight new members recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).

Dr. DiSalvo will represent Region I (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont), for a three-year term.

NAICU board members set the association agenda on federal higher education policy; actively encourage support of association priorities and initiatives; and oversee the organization's financial administration.

"I'm honored to have been chosen to serve on the Board," said DiSalvo. "Particularly as we face so many new challenges in independent higher education today, NAICU's advocacy on policy issues and communication of our value to the national public interest are vital. I look forward to continuing that important work with the new Chair, Dr. John McCardell, and my fellow Board members."


NAICU serves as the unified national voice of private nonprofit higher education. With more than 1,000 member institutions and associations nationwide, NAICU reflects the diversity of independent higher education in the United States. Since 1976, the association has represented private nonprofit colleges and universities on policy issues with the federal government, such as those affecting student aid, taxation, and government regulation.

NAICU is the national public policy association for the nation's private, non-profit colleges and universities. Its 963 member institutions include major research universities, church-related colleges, historically black colleges, art and design colleges, traditional liberal arts and science institutions, women's colleges, two-year colleges, and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business, and other professions. With over 3 million students attending independent colleges and universities, the private sector of American higher education has a dramatic impact on our nation's larger public interests.

NAICU spearheads several major public initiatives, including the Student Aid Alliance, a national coalition that advocates for enhanced funding of the federal student aid programs; the University and College Accountability Network (U-CAN) consumer information website; and the nonpartisan National Campus Voter Registration Project, which engages college students in the electoral process.

Dr. Steven DiSalvo

Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D., is a longtime leader in higher education and philanthropy with a history of executive positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

The tenth president of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH, and its first lay president, Dr. DiSalvo joined the college in July of 2013 after serving as president of Marian University in Wisconsin.

At Saint Anselm, he has advanced the college's national reputation through scholarship, athletics and via the prestigious New Hampshire Institute of Politics operated by the college.  Dr. DiSalvo also serves on the boards of leading national higher education organizations like the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), where he is a member of the Board of Directors representing the northeastern states.

During his tenure at Marian University, Dr. DiSalvo strengthened the university's endowment, improved its physical plant and added both undergraduate and graduate programs that focused on academic quality and service.

In addition to his higher education experience, Dr. DiSalvo spent time in the traditional non-profit sector as president and founder of The Hopewell Group Inc. and as executive director of the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation, dedicated to ending domestic violence through education and other interventions. At Junior Achievement of New York Inc., aimed at inspiring K-12 students to be successful via business education, he was executive vice president.

He began his career working consecutively at three nationally known Jesuit universities - Fordham, Loyola Chicago and Fairfield. At all, he worked in university advancement and, at Loyola Chicago, as special assistant to the president.

Dr. DiSalvo completed a Ph.D. in educational leadership at Fordham University where he also earned an M.B.A. in marketing and B.S. in psychology.

Currently, he serves on the advisory board of the Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham University, the NCAA DII President's Council and the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Province Advisory Council. He is an Executive Committee member of Campus Compact NH, the New Hampshire College and University Council, and the New York Says Thank You Foundation.

Saint Anselm College
Founded in 1889, Saint Anselm College is a four-year liberal arts college providing a 21st century education in the Catholic, Benedictine tradition. Located in southern New Hampshire near Boston and the seacoast, Saint Anselm is well known for its strong liberal arts and nursing programs as well as for the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

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