Nancy H. Blattner, Ph.D. became the eighth president of Caldwell University on July 1, 2009. She is the first lay president in Caldwell University’s 75 year history. Dr. Blattner brings over two decades of experience in Catholic and public higher education to Caldwell. Prior to her arrival at Caldwell University, she served as the Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs at Fontbonne University where she was responsible for leadership of the entire Academic Affairs division, including all departments, faculty and curriculum, the library, the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, the Registrar’s Office, ESL programs and study abroad. She managed all academic budgets and the hiring of all faculty members, department chairs and deans. She initiated and found funding for the university’s first endowed chair. Prior to that, she was Interim Associate Provost for Graduate Studies and Support Programs and an American Council on Education Fellow at Longwood University in Virginia.
President Blattner is the chair for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and a board member of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. She is immediate past chair of the ACE Council of Fellows and of the President’s Council of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC ). She is a member of the Executive Committee of the New Jersey’s President’s Council where she previously served as chair of the Academic Issues Committee. Dr. Blattner is a board member for St. Anselm University. She served as a gubernatorial appointee to the College Affordability Study Commission.
In 2012 she was honored by Executive Women of NJ at its Salute to Policy Makers Awards and 2014 she was named one of NJ Biz’s Best Fifty Women in Business. In 2015 she received the Case District II Executive Leadership Award and in 2016 was named a Woman of Achievement by the Tri-County Scholarship Fund. In 2017 she received the Sam M. Kent Service above Self award from the Rotary Club of the Caldwells.
Dr. Blattner spent 22 years at Southeast Missouri State University in several positions including Academic Associate Office of the Provost; Associate Dean, School of University Studies; and Director of Writing Assessment. While there, she attended the Harvard Management Development Program. She was a tenured full professor in the Department of English where she taught for 15 years.
She holds a B.S. in Secondary Education/English and an M.A. in English from Southeast Missouri State University and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. Dr. Blattner and her husband Tim are the parents of three adult children.