Anne M. Prisco, PhD, Holy Family University

“Education comes in all forms and the key is to be continually evolving.”

Dr. Anne Prisco
Dr. Anne Prisco Ph.D. President Holy Family University 2021

Anne M. Prisco, PhD, president of Holy Family University, shared the story behind her title with us on Sunday, November 28th, 2021.

Dr. Anne Prisco began her tenure as the sixth president of Holy Family University in July 2021. She has dedicated herself to advancing higher education and student success. Over the course of her impressive career, Dr. Prisco has served as an administrator, faculty member, researcher, and consultant. From 2012-2020, Dr. Prisco served at Felician University, where she was also their first lay leader.  Prior to the presidency at Felician, Dr. Prisco served in a number of higher education institutions, including as a Vice President at Loyola Marymount University, a faculty member at St. John’s University, and a policy researcher at New York University.

Dr. Prisco holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona with the highest distinction, an MBA in Finance from Fordham University, and a PhD in Economics and Education from Columbia University. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a public policy fellowship from Columbia University, named a Top 50 Business Women in New Jersey, and the Wise Woman Award from the National Organization for Italian-American Women. She is a member of the Forum for Executive Women in Philadelphia and is a champion for diversity, inclusion, and access in higher education.


Anne grew up in Brooklyn the daughter of an immigrant from Italy whose sole reason for coming to the U.S. was to give his family better opportunities to live a life well-lived.  Knowing just how important education was to her parents, Anne was dedicated to her schooling but also had her own innate desire to teach. Her openness to learning, pivoting, and evolving led directly to her role as President of Holy Family.

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