President's Office

Dr. Richard E. Cosentino began his tenure as Lander University's 12th president on July 1, 2015. He has more than 20 years of experience in higher education as a senior administrative and financial executive, and a background in fundraising, enrollment management and government relations. 

Letter from the President

Lander University is a community where learning, energy and creativity flourish. Established over 140 years ago, Lander’s tradition of academic excellence is exemplified in its liberal arts and science programs, as well as professional programs in business, education, and nursing.

I invite you to visit our beautiful 128-acre campus and experience first-hand the sense of community that has been cultivated by our faculty and students. Lander is a community designed to engage and challenge. Students come to Lander from 29 states and 17 countries, committing to an education that prepares them to be successful in today’s extremely competitive environment, where a graduate’s marketability matters.

Lander students gain a successful college experience both in and out of the classroom. Many clubs, organizations, and volunteer opportunities are offered to get you involved with other students and the community. In addition, Lander has an outstanding athletic program, with athletic teams collecting honors at state and national levels.

Join the Lander family and come home to talented scholars, inspiring artists, exceptional athletes, dynamic professionals, and inquiring students.

Dr. Richard Cosentino
President

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Engineering
    Area of Research: Administrative and Academic ERP System Implementation in Higher Education
    The George Washington University; Washington, D.C.
  • M.B.A., Major in Strategic Financial Planning
    The University of Baltimore; Baltimore, Md.
  • B.S., Business Administration
    Major in Finance; Minor in Accounting
    The University of Baltimore; Baltimore, Md.

Employment History

  • The University of North Carolina
    Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, Pembroke.
  • The George Washington University; Washington, D.C.
    Associate Vice President (AVP) for Finance and Administration
  • The George Washington University; Washington, D.C.
    Assistant Vice President for Finance and Administration
  • The George Washington University, School of Engineering & Applied Science; Washington, D.C.
    Vice Dean for Finance and Administrative Affairs
    Director of Personnel, and Facilities
  • University of Maryland, School of Medicine; Baltimore, Md.
    Senior Administrator
  • University of Maryland, School of Medicine; Baltimore, Md.
    Director of Budget and Finance
  • Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine; Baltimore, Md.
    Senior Budget Manager
  • Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Electronic Systems Group; Baltimore, Md.
    Financial Manager

Photo of Dr. Richard Cosentino by Lander University visual arts major Laura BrownPresident Richard Cosentino