Campus Advisory Access the latest updates, FAQs, and resources for the Adelphi community on the global coronavirus pandemic. » COVID-19 Updates

Coronavirus Updates on Operations: Department or campus operations may be modified during this time. Please call or email the department for more information or visit



January 29, 2020

President Christine M. Riordan Wins 2020 ATHENA Leadership Award

On January 16, Adelphi President Christine M. Riordan was awarded the 2020 ATHENA Leadership Award at a special ceremony hosted by KPMG and ATHENA International at The Mansion at Oyster Bay.

ATHENA International is a nonprofit organization that develops, supports and honors women leaders, inspires them to reach their full potential, and strives to create balance in leadership worldwide.

The awards are presented annually to women who display professional excellence and community service, and who actively assist women in achieving professional excellence and leadership skills.

“I thank Athena International for this incredibly meaningful honor,” said President Riordan. “I am truly humbled to be in the company of such remarkable people—all strong leaders and trailblazers. Congratulations to my fellow 2020 nominees and to Sadia Mehmood of the Mary McDowell Friends School on your Young Professional Leadership Award! You are all inspiring women leaders and role models.”

In 2019, Stephanie Espina, director of undergraduate admissions at Adelphi, won the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award; Kristen Capezza, MBA ’12, vice president for enrollment management and University communications, won it in 2017.


Want to read more stories like this?

More Adelphi News

About Adelphi: A modern metropolitan university with a personalized approach to higher learning

Adelphi University, New York, is a highly awarded, nationally ranked, powerfully connected doctoral research university dedicated to transforming students’ lives through small classes with world-class faculty, hands-on learning and innovative ways to support academic and career success. Adelphi offers exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training, with particular strength in our Core Four—Arts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, the Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness.

Recognized as a Best College by U.S. News & World Report, Adelphi is Long Island’s oldest private coeducational university. It serves almost 8,000 students at its beautiful main campus in Garden City, New York—just 23 miles from New York City’s cultural and internship opportunities—and at dynamic learning hubs in Manhattan, the Hudson Valley and Suffolk County, as well as online. 

More than 116,000 Adelphi graduates have gained the skills to thrive professionally as active, engaged citizens, making their mark on the University, their communities and the world.

For further information, please contact:

Todd Wilson
Strategic Communications Director 
p – 516.237.8634
e –