The board of trustees of Caldwell University announced Feb. 11 it has chosen Matthew Whelan as the next president of the Catholic Dominican University in Caldwell.
Whelan will succeed Nancy Blattner, who has served at Caldwell University president since July 2009. Blattner is returning to her home state of Missouri to assume the presidency at Fontbonne University.
A native of New Jersey, Whelan will become the ninth president of Caldwell and the first male lay president in the history of the institution, effective on July 1. He is currently vice president for University Enrollment Strategy and Relationship Development at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y.
Laurita Warner, chair of Caldwell University’s board of trustees, said that after a national search, the board is pleased to welcome Whelan.
Whelan was chosen following a formal search led by partners Hyatt-Fennell. Linda Luciano, vice-chair of the Caldwell board of trustees, headed the search committee.
“I speak for all the trustees who are excited and invigorated by the skills, experience and passion Matt will bring to Caldwell University,” Warner said. “We value his commitment to our Catholic Dominican tradition and are confident in his ability to innovate and further our upward trajectory of success at Caldwell.”
Whelan has expansive experience leading administrative and faculty teams at Catholic and public higher education institutions including St. John’s University, Hofstra University, William Paterson University and Mercyhurst College. Whelan holds a master’s degree from William Paterson University in New Jersey and a doctorate in educational leadership from Dowling College in Shirley, N.Y.