Sr. Paula Marie Buley, IHM
Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM became Rivier University’s twelfth president in August 2011. During her tenure she led the University community in developing its first strategic plan “Delivering on the Promise to Transform Hearts and Minds to Serve the World” inclusive of academic programs of distinction, the expansion of online learning, enhanced grant writing resources, and the development of a campus master plan resulting in the “The Gateway Projects.”
In May 2017, the University embarked on its second strategic plan, “Vision 2020.” The plan is focused on three comprehensive initiatives including Innovation and Science, Learning and Technology, and Philanthropy and Partnerships. The plan has driven an assessment of science facilities, expansion of the ALPS initiative and the distinctive Employment Promise Program, and the formation of the Center for Behavioral Health Professions and Workforce Development. Grants have been awarded from the Davis Educational Foundation and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration.
Sister Paula is active in community programs and sits on the boards of New Hampshire Charitable Foundation; New Hampshire College and University Council; St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua, New Hampshire; New Hampshire Higher Education Commission; New Hampshire Catholic Charities; The American University of Mataba, Jordan; and the College of Mount St. Vincent, New York.
Prior to joining Rivier University, Sister Paula served as executive Vice President for Administration at Seton Hall University, Executive Vice President and Treasurer at Mount St. Mary University, and Vice President for Finance at Immaculata University. She holds an Ed.D. in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A.L.S. in Catholics Studies from Georgetown University, and an MBA from Villanova University.