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Louis C. Vaccaro

Louis C. Vaccaro has served as president of several colleges, including two interim assignments at Trinity College of Vermont and Georgian Court University in Lakewood, N.J. He has served as president of The College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y., Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan; and Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H.

Early in his career, he served in a variety of administrative and faculty positions at St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana; California State University-Northridge; Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and the University of Portland, Oregon.

During the 1966-67 academic year, he completed post-doctoral studies in organizational sociology at The University of Oregon.

Dr. Vaccaro earned his bachelor of arts degree in economics and social sciences as well as a master of arts degree from the University of Southern California, and completed a second master's degree at California State University in Northridge. He finished his doctorate in higher education and sociology at Michigan State University.

The author and editor of six books and nearly 100 articles and book reviews, Dr. Vaccaro's most recent focus has been in the fields of higher education and organizational change. He was awarded a Kellogg Fellowship by Michigan State University and a grant from the Exxon Foundation for research in strategic planning.

In the mid-1970s, Dr. Vaccaro began a 10-year, part-time assignment as a lecturer and consultant in Brazil, first under the auspices of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University and later with the Latin American Studies Center of Michigan State University.

In 1978, Dr. Vaccaro started lecturing and consulting part-time in China. Since then, he has traveled to China on 28 occasions, arranging several bilateral student and faculty exchange programs with leading Chinese colleges and universities.

Throughout his career, he has been a frequent contributor to higher education organizations in various parts of the United States. During the 1975-76 academic year, he served as chair of the New Hampshire Post-Secondary Education Commission. He later served as chair of the Independent College Fund of New York.

Dr. Vaccaro has received several awards and honors, including honorary degrees from Vermont College of Norwich University, St. Martin's College, Olympia, Washington; and The College of Saint Rose in Albany. In 1996, he was named Honorary Distinguished Professor of Dalian Normal University in Chin, and in 2001 he was named Honorary President of Aurora College in Shanghai, China.

He also was honored by the University of Albany, SUNY, as the Academic Citizen Laureate Awardee in 1995, and in 1989 received the Golden Lion Award from the Sons of Italy, Intangible Lodge, Albany.

During February and March of 2004, Dr. Vaccaro was the Fulbright Senior Specialist in Honduras at the Universidad Pedagogica Nacional Francisco Morazon (UPNFM).

A native Californian, Dr. Vaccaro and his wife, Linda, make their permanent home in Las Vegas, Nevada. They are the parents of five daughters and two sons.

Publications (Partial Listing)

Articles Published


  1. “Strategic Planning,” MBA/MPA Journal, School of Management, USTC-Heifi, China, Winter, 2006.

  2. “Campus Subcultures and the Emergence of Student Freedom in American Higher Education,” Delta Epsilon Sigma Journal, Barry University, Miami, Florida, Vol. LI, Winter 2006.

  3. “Specialization and Fragmentation in American Higher Education,” Delta Epsilon Sigma Journal, Dubuque, Iowa, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, December 1986, pp. 76-79.

  4. “Education for Global Awareness,” Journal of World Education, Ahmedabad, India, Winter 1982.

  5. “Planning and Higher Education in Brazil,” Research & Planning For Higher Education, Association for Institutional Research, (Originally presented at International Conference, Montreal, Canada, May 9, 1977.) Published 1978.

  6. “Of What Value is Education,” Delta Epsilon Sigma Bulletin, Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa, Vol. XXIII, No. 3, October 1977, pp. 91-96.

  7. “Planning in Higher Education,” College and University, Winter 1976, Vol. 51, No.2.

  8. “Planning in Higher Education: Approaches and Problems,” College and University, Winter 1975, Vol. 52, No. 2.

  9. “In Search of Wisdom,” Improving College and University Teaching, Oregon State University Press, Summer 1975.

  10. “The Future Look of American Higher Education,” Phi Delta Kappan, February 1975, pp. 387-389.

  11. “Europeanizing American Higher Education,” Educational Record, American Council on Education, Summer 1973.

  12. “The Tenure Controversy: Some Possible Alternatives,” The Journal of Higher Education, Ohio State University, January 1972, Vol. XLII, No. 1, pp. 34-43.

  13. “Reason Redefined,” Delta Epsilon Sigma Bulletin, Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa, March 1971, pp. 13-17.

  14. “Faculty Power and Academic Decision-Making,” Journal of Education, Boston University, December 1970, Vol. 153, No. 2, pp. 41-47.

  15. “Knowledge and Decision-Making in the University,” College and University, Spring 1970, Vol. 45, No. 1, pp.305-312.

  16. “Toward Hope,” Delta Epsilon Sigma Bulletin, Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa, December 1969, Vol. XIV, No. 4.

  17. “The Conflict of Authority in the University,” College and University, Spring 1969, Vol. 44, No. 3, pp.232-239.

  18. “General Education in the Catholic University,” University College Quarterly, March 1969, Vol. 14, No. 3.

  19. With A.B. Driessel, “The Mathematical Approach in the Development of Administrative Theory,” Marquette Business Review, Winter 1968, Vol. XII, No. 4.

  20. “Power and Conflict in the University: A Search for Solutions,” College and University, Fall 1968, Vol. 44, No. 1.

  21. With R.J. Petersen, Approaches to Planning That Small Colleges Can Afford,” College and University Business, November 1968, Vol. 45.

  22. “New Student Subculture and the Search for Meaning,” Insight, Summer, 1968.

  23. “The Personal Challenge and the Church,” Mississippi and Milwaukee (Published by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Institute for Human Relations), April 1965, pp. 49-53.


  1. “The Transfer of Technology Through Non-Formal Education,” Readings in Micro-Economics, Methabdin, K. (Editor) , Copley Publishing, Acton, MA, expected date of publication, August 1987.

  2. “The Effects of Specialization in American Higher Education,” Journal for Constructive Change, Durham, New Hampshire, Fall 1983.

  3. “The Value of a College Education,” College Outlook, Townsend-Craft Publishing Co. , Liberty, MO, 1979, pp. 12-14.

  4. “Who Audits the Trustees,” Liberal Education, Association of American Colleges, Washington, D.C. , December 1978, pp. 502-504.

  5. “A Planning Model for Small Colleges,” Association for Governing Boards Reports, Washington, D.C.

  6. “University Participation in Continuing Education,” Catholic Educational Review, January 1966, pp. 42-45.

  7. “Faculty Contracts-The Hampshire Experience,” AGB Reports, Association of Governing Board of Colleges and Universities, Washington, D.C. Nov/Dec 1977.

  8. “College/Community Relations-A Special Responsibility of the President,” Adult Leadership, December 1976, pp. 103.

  9. “The Two Year College and You,” Talbot's Student Planning Book, Dexter Publishing Co., September 1976, pp. 41.

  10. “Humanizing Education through Administration,” Focus on Learning, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, School of Education, Fall/Winter 1972, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp.37-39.

  11. “The Two Year College and the Federal Government,” Adult Leadership, April 1970, Vol. 18, No. 10, pp.300-302 & 321-323.

  12. “A Theoretical Basis for University Involvement in Community Affairs,” Adult Leadership, March 1968, pp. 323-324.

  13. “Administrative vs. Professional Authority: A Source of Conflict in the University,” University of Portland Review, Fall 1967, Vol. XIX , No. 2, pp.1-10.

  14. “A Planning Model for Small Colleges,” Association for Governing Boards Reports, Washington, D.C.

  15. “CLEW: A Unique Program in Continuing Legal Education in Wisconsin,” Adult Leadership, January 1966, pp.228.

  16. “The Private College and the American Heritage,” American Inter-Professional Institute Quarterly, Winter 1966, pp. 6-10.

  17. “The Limiting of Power in Organizations Through Delegation of Authority,” Personnel Administrator, November-December 1964, pp. 15-16.

Articles Accepted for Publication


  1. “Non-Formal Education: Lessons We Can Learn,” accepted for publication by Delta Epsilon Sigma Bulletin, St. Bonaventure University, Olean, NY (Approximate length 3,000 words).

Book Reviews

Thirty-four reviews of books dealing with education, religion, and social sciences, published in various journals and magazines.

Reports, Monographs, etc.

Numerous papers, monographs, and related consulting reports for: U.S. Office of Education, New Hampshire Postsecondary Education Commission, HEW, ACE, WICHE, HUD, NCEA, MSU Latin, American Center, Latin American Teaching Fellowship Program in Brazil, and numerous private colleges/universities.


  1. Student Freedom Revisited: Issues and Perspectives, NASDA. , Washington, D.C. , March 2005.

  2. In Search of Wisdom – A College President's Journey, Pan Pacific Publications, New York-Hong Kong, 1994.

  3. (Editor) Faculty Perspectives: Views on Education and Human Development, Hubbard Printing, Defiance, Ohio. , 1980.

  4. Planning in Small Colleges, Blissfield Press, Blissfield, MI, May 1979.

  5. Notes From a College President - Issues in American Higher Education, Beacon Hill Press, Boston, MA, January 1976.

  6. (Editor) Reshaping American Higher Education, AMI Press, University of Dallas, Irving, TX, May 1975.

  7. (Editor) Student Freedom in American Higher Education. Teachers College Press, Columbia University, NY, April 1969.

  8. (Editor) Toward new Dimensions of Catholic Higher Education, Education Research Associates, Arlington, VA, 1967.

  9. Education & Human Development - Focus on Brazil (in preparation).