Arcadia University News

April 23, 2018

Arcadia "UKnighted"

On April 20, more than 250 University community members met during a campuswide working-session to address five important Arcadia issues around: Budget Planning, Core Values, Communication Strategies, Shared Governance, and Aspirational Vision. During the three-hour working-session, faculty, staff...

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April 18, 2018

Students and Faculty Recognized at Honors Convocation

Arcadia celebrated and recognized student and faculty academic accomplishments and scholastic excellence at the 2018 Honors Convocation on April 14. The University presented departmental awards to 61 students, and recognized the more than 1,800 students named to the Dean’s Honors and Distinguished...

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April 13, 2018

Dr. Nair Highlighted as Arcadia’s First President of Color

On April 11, The Philadelphia Tribune highlighted President Ajay Nair ’s status as the first Arcadia president of color. Dr. Nair is among the first American-born university presidents of Indian descent nationwide, and his commitment to diversity in higher education is expected to move Arcadia...

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March 21, 2018

Dr. Ajay Nair Named 22nd President of Arcadia University

GLENSIDE, Pa. (December 7, 2017)– After a national search, Arcadia University is proud to announce that Ajay Nair, Ph.D., has been named the institution’s 22nd president. A nationally recognized expert in student affairs issues and an accomplished social justice, race, and ethnicity scholar, Dr...

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March 6, 2018

President-elect Nair Receives Shattering the Glass Ceiling Award

Dr. Ajay Nair, president-elect of Arcadia University, received the Dr. Doris Michiko Ching Shattering the Glass Ceiling award at the 2018 NASPA Annual Conference for student affairs professionals in Philadelphia on March 6. Dr. Nair was honored during the Asian Pacific Islanders Knowledge Community...

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January 25, 2018

President-elect Nair Co-publishes on Community Building in ‘INSIGHT Into Diversity’

Dr. Ajay Nair , president-elect of Arcadia University, co-published “A Social Justice Approach to Building Community in Higher Education Today” in INSIGHT Into Diversity . Addressing the importance of community building through a social justice lens, Dr. Nair, a member of INSIGHT Into Diversity ’s...

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December 8, 2017

Arcadia Community Unites to “Break the Silence” on Racism

Students, faculty, staff, and trustees joined together on Dec. 8 to “break the silence” about racism. The Day of Silence was hosted by Melanin in Action (MIA) and POWER, with additional collaboration by Pan-African Studies; Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice Department; Office of the...

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November 30, 2017

Arcadians UKNIGHT for Third Annual Day of Giving

On Nov. 28, 903 members of the Arcadia University community around the world “uknighted” for the third annual Day of Giving event. With the UKNIGHT 1 Day campaign focused on community participation, not dollars, this year’s goal of 700 donors was far surpassed in the 24-hour period. Collectively,...

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April 18, 2017

Arcadia University Dedicates Jean Lenox West Field

On April 8, family members of one of the most storied student-athletes and alumni of Beaver College and Arcadia University gathered to dedicate the Jean Lenox West Field. Lenox West family members, including Jean’s sons, Doug and Tim, and Jean’s daughter, Nancy, joined Chair of the Board of...

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February 13, 2017

President DeVille Christensen to Serve on Executive Committee of International Association of University Presidents

Dr. Nicolette DeVille Christensen , president of Arcadia University, has been invited to serve on the Executive Committee of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), the lead partner in the United Nations Academic Impact. Led by Toyoshi Satow, chancellor of J.F. Oberlin...

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January 31, 2017

University Statement on White House Executive Order

The recent White House Executive Order leaves much uncertainty with colleges and universities and their students, scholars, international programs, and global alliances. This 90-day order not only impacts refugees and people from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, or Yemen, but also citizens...

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December 6, 2016

Arcadia Community UKNIGHTS for Second Annual Day of Giving

On Nov. 29, Arcadians around the world joined together to be counted and to show their support for the University they love so dearly. The second annual UKNIGHT 1 Day of Giving , a campaign supporting graduate and undergraduate programs, scholarships, and study abroad, smashed its goal of 700...

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November 7, 2016

President DeVille Christensen Joins Students for Annual Daffodil Planting

On Friday, Nov. 4, more than 1,000 new daffodil bulbs adorned campus as members of the Arcadia University community participated in the second annual Daffodil Planting. The flowers were planted in various areas around campus, including the Walk of Pride and Landman Library.


November 2, 2016

President DeVille Christensen Featured in International Educator Magazine

President Nicolette DeVille Christensen is featured in the Nov. 1 edition of International Educator magazine in an in-depth interview as a leader in international education. The interview highlights President DeVille Christensen's career in higher and international education, her thoughts on what...

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October 10, 2016

Charles Lentz ’03M Named Chair of the Board of Trustees

Arcadia University has announced that, due to personal reasons, Chris van de Velde has stepped down from his position as Chair of the Board of Trustees. Van de Velde, who has served on our Board since 2007 and as Board Chair since 2013, will remain as a member of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Charles...


April 1, 2016

Blooming Daffodils, Planted Last Fall, Brighten Campus

L to R: Alison O'Neil '16, Nicole Daly '18, Kyle Kammerle '18, President Nicolette DeVille Christensen, Jessica Braun '16, Dean of Students Andrew Goretsky, Corrina Gonzales '18, and Sarah Daley '18 For Corrina Gonzales ’19 , seeing daffodils bloom on Arcadia University’s campus has done more than...

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December 18, 2015

Arcadia University and Salus University Establish Strategic Alliance through Memorandum of Understanding

On Dec. 18, Salus University and Arcadia University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that creates a strategic alliance designed to enhance academic and administrative collaboration between the two universities. The agreement is effective immediately. Arcadia, in Glenside, and Salus, in...

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September 23, 2015

President DeVille Christensen to Serve on ACE Commission on Global Engagement

The American Council on Education (ACE) has appointed Dr. Nicolette DeVille Christensen , president of Arcadia University, to its Commission on Internationalization and Global Engagement. The appointment, which began on Aug. 1, 2015, runs through June 30, 2018. The Commission on...

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November 17, 2014

For Fifth Consecutive Year, Arcadia University Ranked First in U.S. in Study Abroad

For the fifth consecutive year, Arcadia University is ranked first in the U.S. in study abroad, according to the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors Report. This marks the sixth time in the past seven years that Arcadia has been No. 1 in its respective category for study abroad...


October 16, 2014

President Christensen to Serve as Mentor for International Education Program

The Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) has selected Dr. Nicolette DeVille Christensen , president of Arcadia University, as one of four academic and administrative leaders to serve as a mentor for the Neal Presidential Fellows Program. Dr. Christensen will be matched with...


March 6, 2014

Dr. Skilton-Sylvester Named The Rosemary and Walter Blankley Endowed Chair in Education

Marking the beginning of a new chapter in Arcadia University’s history, Dr. Ellen Skilton-Sylvester , professor of education, was named The Rosemary and Walter Blankley Endowed Chair in Education . The University’s first donor designated chair results from a $1 million gift from Walter and Rosemary...

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