Meet the President

Richard E. Cosentino, Ph.D., began his tenure as Lander University’s 12th president on July 1, 2015. He has more than 25 years of experience in higher education as a senior administrative and financial executive, and a background in fundraising, enrollment management and government relations.

Dr. Cosentino came to Lander from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNC-P), where he was the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration. He was responsible for strategic management and leadership in over a dozen areas, including budget and financial planning, information technology, human resources, risk management, procurement and facilities management. 

A native of Baltimore, Md., Dr. Cosentino has a Bachelor of Science in business administration, with a major in finance, and a Master of Business Administration, with a major in strategic financial planning, from the University of Baltimore in Maryland. He earned a Ph.D. in engineering from The George Washington University (GWU) in Washington, D.C.

Prior to UNC-P, Dr. Cosentino was an Assistant and Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration at GWU, and Vice Dean for Finance and Administrative Affairs in the university’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. He also worked as a Senior Budget Manager at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; and as a Senior Administrator and Director of Budget and Finance at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Dr. Cosentino has presented at national conferences, addressing contemporary issues affecting higher education. His particular interest is the fielding of complex enterprise class systems in higher education environments.

The president has two children, Emily and John. He and his wife, Jessica, make their home in Greenwood, S.C.

Lander University

The Inauguration of

Richard E. Cosentino, Ph.D.

As The Twelfth President
of Lander University

Monday, March 21, 2016, At 4 p.m.

Finis Horne Arena
On the Campus of Lander University
Greenwood, South Carolina