Anne M. Prisco, Ph.D.


Anne Prisco, Ph.D. President

Dr. Anne M. Prisco, Ph.D. was appointed as the sixth president of Holy Family University in July 2021. Dr. Prisco 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 (then Felician College), where she was also their first lay leader.

Dr. Prisco successfully led Felician University through a transformational period. Felician University is now thriving with record-breaking increases in enrollment and improvements in student success, a focus on inclusive excellence, shared governance, new partners, programs, growing net revenue and continued facilities enhancements.

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.

She is the recipient of numerous academic, leadership, and service awards including a public policy fellowship from Columbia University and the Wise Woman Award from the National Organization for Italian-American Women. She was also named to the Top 50 Business Women in New Jersey. In 2019-20, she awarded an Honorary Degree to Francesco Genuardi, Consul General of Italy – New York. She is a member of the Forum of Executive Women in Philadelphia, Excelencia in Education's Presidents for Latino Student Success, a member of the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Advisory Board for Al Día Journalism Lab on Higher Education.  In 2022, Dr. was honored with the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Women of Distinction Award.

Dr. Prisco is frequently invited to speak on higher education policy, leadership and transformational change and has served on both state and national boards.

Dr. Prisco holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona with highest distinction, an MBA in Finance from Fordham University, and a Ph.D. in Economics and Education from Columbia University.