Margaret E. Madden, Ph. D. joined the Siena College leadership team in 2015 as vice president for academic affairs and professor of psychology, was named interim president in July 2019, and is now the first Siena College Provost.
In her academic leadership role, Dr. Madden has worked with faculty and administrators to develop eight new majors – including communications, health studies and nursing – an MBA, and several certificate programs. She has been instrumental in co-leading the College's coronavirus recovery and reopening efforts.
She has overseen the creation and administration of new interdisciplinary programs, and promoted the development of more than 90 new online and hybrid courses. She reorganized Academic Affairs to more fully integrate with academic support and student engagement programs to enhance student success at Siena. She has also strengthened the collaboration of Academic Affairs with Student Life, and with Enrollment and Marketing.
Dr. Madden holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a B.A. in psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She recently completed an eight-year term on the New York State Department of Education professional standards and practices board for teaching, chairing its subcommittee on higher education. She has published extensively on leadership styles, gender studies, and feminist psychology.
Before coming to Siena, Dr. Madden was provost and vice president for academic affairs, and a professor of psychology, at the State University of New York at Potsdam from 2002 to 2015. During that time, she chaired the board of educational affairs of the American Psychological Association, and was chair of the board of directors of Canton-Potsdam Hospital.
She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and a recipient of the Zalk Award for Distinguished Service to the Society for the Psychology of Women.