Biography of Robert A. Bonfiglio


Since 1999, Robert A. Bonfiglio has served as Vice President for Student and Campus Life at the State University of New York at Geneseo.  Previously, he served as Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students at Cabrini College (PA), and has held student affairs positions at the College of New Rochelle (NY) and LaSalle University (PA).


Bonfiglio holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Stonehill College (MA), where he was selected to Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society.  He earned a master of arts in student personnel administration; a master of arts in philosophy; and a doctorate in history and education all from Columbia University.  He is also a graduate of the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management.


During his time at Geneseo, Bonfiglio has helped to develop the College's award winning civic engagement programs; initiated changes that resulted in national accreditation of the College's health services; established the first public bus service in Geneseo; and led the founding of a statewide college civic engagement initiative, the New York Campus Compact.


Bonfiglio has been directly responsible for program initiatives that have resulted in 28 national, regional, and state awards in numerous areas, including career development; leadership development; residence life; and student civic engagement.


At the state level, Bonfiglio serves as the President of the SUNY Council of Chief Student Affairs Officers.


Nationally, he has been recognized with the Council for the Advancement of Standards Ted K. Miller Achievement of Excellence Award in 2010 and the American College Personnel Association Excellence in Practice Award in 2013, which is bestowed on administrators "whose designs and program implementations as well as services for their campus are based on the best national practices in student affairs, and ... who have been responsible for achievements that impact a campus for a sustained period of time."