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Commander Joseph G. Fitzgerald, born April 9, 1956, is a native of Albany, New York and a 1974 graduate of The Albany Academy. Appointed to the United States Naval Academy from the State of New York, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science and was commissioned an Ensign in June 1978.

Commander Fitzgerald’s initial tour of duty was in USS PAUL (FF-1080), where from 1979 to 1982 he served as Anti-Submarine Warfare and Combat Information Center Officer. From 1982 to 1984, Commander Fitzgerald served at Navy Recruiting District, Albany, New York as Enlisted Programs Officer. In 1985, Commander Fitzgerald attended Surface Warfare Officer Department Head School, graduating with distinction. He was then assigned to USS W.S. SIMS (FF-1059) and later USS TICONDEROGA (CG-47), serving both tours as Operations Officer.

From 1989 to 1991, Commander Fitzgerald served as Regimental Officer, Officer Candidate School, Newport, Rhode Island. From 1991 to 1993, he served as the Executive Officer, USS SIMPSON (FFG-56). From July 1993 to August 1996, Commander Fitzgerald served as Coordinator for Congressional and Secretarial Inquiries on the staff of the Naval Inspector General. Between August 1996 and August 1997, he was the Deputy Commander, Navy Recruiting Area THREE. From August 27, 1997 to December 18, 1998, he commanded Navy Recruiting District, Nashville. His final Navy assignment was Inspector General, Navy Recruiting Command from January 1999 through October 2001. He was transferred to the Retired List on December 1, 2001, after completing twenty-three and one-half years of active duty.

Commander Fitzgerald was conferred a Master of Public Administration degree from The University of Memphis in December 2000. Commander Fitzgerald’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards); Navy Commendation Medal (four awards); and the Navy Achievement Medal, in addition to various service, campaign, and unit awards.

Commander Fitzgerald was appointed to the Faculty of Siena College in 2002 and has taught as a Lecturer of Marketing and Management in the School of Business, as well as for four years, the interdisciplinary year-long course required for all Siena Freshmen. In January 2006, he was additionally appointed as Director, Academic Programs in the Office of Academic Affairs. Effective August 2007, he was appointed Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs (Operations). In May 2010, he was honored by Siena College as the recipient of The James Knust Award for Excellence in Administration for Academic Year 2009 – 2010. During Fall Semester 2015, he served as Interim Associate Dean of the School of Business. As an Assistant Dean of Business, he is the Coordinator and Faculty Advisor for the Health Administration Track of the Major in Health Studies, as well as a Faculty Advisor for the Major in Business. During Academic Year 2019 - 2020, he once again served as Interim Associate Dean of Business. In August 2020, he was appointed as the Interim Director, Health Studies Program, for AY 2020-2021, an interdisciplinary program of Siena College, supported by its three Schools (Liberal Arts, Business. and Science). The Health Studies Program has 160 students enrolled in three Tracks: Health Administration, Health Policy, and Health Science. The Health Studies Program also has two Minors: Health Studies and Healthcare Management.

Professionally, he is a member of the American Society for Public Administration, the U.S. Naval Institute, and the Military Officers Association of America.

In the local community, Commander Fitzgerald was elected to serve as President, Board of Directors, Wildwood Programs, Inc. in 2006, completing a second two year term as President in June 2010. He completed nine years (three terms) as a member of the Board of Directors in June 2012, having also served as Vice President; as Chair of the Government Advocacy Committee; and member of the Human Resources Committee. He was re-elected to the Board of Directors of Wildwood Programs, Inc. for new three year terms in June 2013, June 2016, and June 2019. In June 2020, he completed another two year term as President, Wildwood Programs.

In September 2015, he was elected as President of Friends of Fontaine, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that supports St Gabriel's School and the community of Fontaine, Haiti, through education and health services. He completed his term as President in September 2017, while remaining a Director until October 2018.

Finally, he serves as a Member of the Board of Directors, The Albany Academy Alumni Association.


Degree Program University
M.P.A. University of Memphis
B.S. American Political Systems U.S. Naval Academy

My Siena Experience

My Teaching Philosophy

To teach is a privilege....

                My teaching philosophy is focused on motivating students to not only learn course material, but also to become excited by knowledge and thus be confident in its use. Additionally, the importance of values in decision-making is most important in my view in the education of Leaders and is woven by me throughout my teaching. In essence, I attempt to have students assess the 'whys', as well as the 'what' of any business situation.

                  Having been fortunate to have had great teachers, coaches, and mentors throughout my education and career, I attempt to emulate their gifts to me of enthusiasm, love of learning, and dedication to student-centered education, in my work at Siena.

My Professional Experience

Year Title University
2019 - 2019 Lecturer in Management Siena College
2019 - 2019 Lecturer in Management Siena College
2018 - 2018 Lecturer in Management Siena College
2018 - 2018 Lecturer in Management Siena College
2017 - 2017 Lecturer in Management Siena College
2017 - 2017 Lecturer in Management Siena College
2016 - 2016 Lecturer in Management Siena College
2016 - 2016 Lecturer in Management Siena College
2015 - 2015 Interim Associate Dean, School of Business Siena College
2015 - 2015 Lecturer in Management Siena College
2013 - 2013 Lecturer in Management Siena College
2011 - 2013 Lecturer, First Year Seminar Siena College
2009 - 2011 Lecturer in Foundations Siena College
2007 - 2014 Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs (Operations) Siena College
2006 - 2007 Director of Academic Programs Siena College
2005 - 2009 Lecturer in Marketing and Management Siena College
2002 - 2005 Visiting Instructor of Marketing and Management Siena College
1978 - 2001 Commander / Surface Warfare Officer / Qualified for Command at Sea U.S. Navy

Current Research

Investigatory Methods related to Whistleblowing / Reprisal in the Workplace; Public Policy; Ethics in Public Service

Awards & Distinctions

  • Wildwood Programs, Inc. Board of Directors Award for Leadership and Service
    Category: Service-Community
    Wildwood Programs, Inc., 2012
  • Internal Revenue Service Small Business / Self-Employed Excellence in Partnering Award
    Category: Service-Community
    U. S. Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, 2011
  • TrustCo Bank Award for Excellence: Serving the Mission of Siena College
    Category: Service-University
    TrustCo Bank, 2011
  • James Knust Award for Excellence in Administration, AY 2009-2010
    Category: Service-University
    Siena College, 2010
  • Ned Pitkin Community Volunteer of the Year Award, 2008
    Category: Service-Community
    Wildwood Programs, Inc., 2008
  • Board Committee Special Recognition Award
    Category: Service-Community
    Wildwood Programs, Inc., 2006
  • Volunteer Special Recognition Award
    Category: Service-Community
    Wildwood Programs, Inc., 2006

Presentations

  • Ethical Duties of Tax Professionals
    2018
    Siena College Tax Practitioner Institute, Albany, New York
  • Ethical Practices for Tax Preparers
    December, 2017
    Siena College Tax Practitioner Institute, Albany, New York
  • The Challenge of Whistleblowing to Ethical Administration
    December, 2005
    International Conference on Social Science Research, Orlando, Florida