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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.

At Siena since Fall 2002, he was the recipient of the Siena College Award for Excellence in Administration, AY 2009-2010. His teaching and research interests include: Public Policy, American History, Political Theory, Governmental and Non-Profit Administration, Leadership, Labor Relations, and Ethics. He has taught the following courses: Management, Marketing, Labor Relations, Business Communication, Leadership in Organizations, Ethics in Business and Society, and Gateway to Health Studies.  Additionally, he taught the two semester, inter-disciplinary course required of all Siena Freshmen for four years. During the Siena College School of Business’ AACSB Initial Accreditation efforts in 2005 / 2006 and subsequently, he has served as AACSB Coordinator on the staff of the Dean of Business. From November 2005 until January 2014, his primary administrative position was Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs (Operations). During AY 2014-2015, he served as the consultant to the Siena College / Albany Medical College Program in Science, Humanities and Medicine, developing a comprehensive Transition Plan for the upcoming retirement of its Founder and Director since the program’s inception in 1986. Since 2015, he has served twice as Interim Associate Dean of Business; Coordinator of the newly implemented Major in Business; and Coordinator, Health Administration Track, Major in Health Studies. In Summer 2020, he was appointed as the Interim Director, Health Studies Program, an interdisciplinary program of the College, supported by all three Schools – Science, Business, and Liberal Arts.

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 initially elected to serve as President, Board of Directors, Wildwood Programs, Inc., a non-profit organization supporting individuals living with complex learning disabilities, autism, and other neurological disorders, 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 served also as Vice President. He was re-elected to the Board of Directors in June 2013, serving subsequently again as Vice President and President. Previously, during the mid-1990s, he had served as Vice President, St. Coletta Society of Northern Virginia, the governing Board of Directors for St. Coletta School, Arlington, VA, a school for “special needs” children, now located in Washington, DC. His focus on Disability Services and Special Education in his volunteer work is in tribute to his late son, Christopher. 

From 2015 - 2018, he served as a member and President of the Board of Directors of Friends of Fontaine, Inc., a non-profit organization founded in 2011, to support Siena graduate, Pierre-Louis Joizil, in his endeavors to build and sustain a middle / high school, St. Gabriel’s School, in his native village of Fontaine, Haiti, while also providing health services to the Fontaine community.

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
2020 - 2021 Lecturer in Management Siena College
2020 - Now Interim Director, Health Studies Program Siena College
2019 - 2019 Lecturer in Management Siena College
2019 - 2019 Lecturer in Management Siena College
2019 - 2020 Interim Associate Dean of Business Siena College
2019 - 2020 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