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The Center for Behavioral Health Professions and Workforce Development at Rivier University

University Leadership

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.

Karen Schedin
Vice President for Enrollment Management

As a member of Rivier University’s senior leadership team since 2012, Ms. Schedin works with the administration, faculty, and staff to develop and manage student recruitment and retention initiatives. Innovation in recruitment and intentional strategy for the continuing student populations maintains focus on the student experience and outcomes.

Karen has more than 25 years of experience in higher education working with diverse student populations both domestic and international as well as the traditional student market and adult learners. 

She received a B.S. in secondary education/English from Fitchburg State University and holds an M.Ed. in higher education administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Dr. John Parker
Vice President for Finance and Administration

With 20 years of experience in finance, accounting, and higher education business administration, Dr. Parker serves as the University's chief financial officer and a key member of the President's Cabinet. He provides executive leadership of the University's finance and operations departments with oversight of student financial services, the finance office, human resources, facilities and physical resources, and auxiliary services.

Dr. Parker holds a Doctor of Business Administration degree from Argosy University, an M.S. in Accountancy from Arizona State University, an MBA from the University of Phoenix, and a B.S. in Business Administration and Management from the University of Southern California.

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