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Dr. Danielle N. Ripich

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Phone: (207) ***-****  
Email: d***@***.edu
University of New England
11 Hills Beach Road
Biddeford , Maine 04005
United States

Company Description: The University of New England, with campuses in Biddeford and Portland, Maine, is a top-ranked independent university with internationally recognized scholars in...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • bachelor , speech pathology
    Case Western Reserve University
  • Ph.D. , speech pathology
    Kent State University
  • Master's degrees , speech pathology
    Case Western Reserve University
  • Ph.D. of Charleston , S.C.
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Board of Directors | Maine & Company : Solutions for Business, 13 May 2015 [cached]
Dr. Danielle Ripich, President
University of New England
The Association of Schools of Allied Health Schools, 5 July 2013 [cached]
(Danielle Ripich, Ph.D., Dean, Medical University of South Carolina)
Biddeford Saco Old Orchard Beach Courier - News 1, 12 Jan 2006 [cached]
Ripich named to lead UNE
Danielle N. Ripich, Ph.D. of Charleston, S.C. will be taking over when Sandra Featherman steps down this summer after an 11-year tenure.
Ripich, 60, dean of the College of Health Professions at the Medical University of South Carolina, says she has a proven track record when it comes to pursuing dreams.
"I think I have a good ability to listen and take different perspectives and bring them together," she said."I think that will be important in a university where there are three colleges and two campus.There will be a diversity of ideas and opinions."
Ripich is largely credited with the effort to restore and develop a vacant historic school building into MUSC's central medical facility.After leaving Case Western Reserve University in 1999, she surveyed students and faculty to get a sense of direction for the school.The results showed that people wanted to consolidate the school's facilities.With encouragement from Ripich, MUSC developed the College of Health Professions' new unified complex.
UNE officials say they were looking for that kind of enthusiasm in a new president.
"We are delighted that Danielle Ripich is taking over the helm at the University of New England, especially at a time when UNE is poised to make even greater contributions to Maine, the region and to higher education across the nation," said Vincent Furey Jr., chairman of UNE's Board of Trustees, in a press release.
Ripich said she has discussed UNE's financial issues with trustees and plans to develop more comprehensive liberal arts and athletic programs.
"Bricks and mortar are important, but people come to a university because of the faculty and good educational programs," she said."I think that looking at creative ways of showcasing some of things that they are already doing is important.The best thing for the university may be to turn and focus on how (to) build our academic programs and how do we structure and change the nature of the university going forward."
Ripich is reknowned for her work in language development, with particular emphasis on the hearing-impaired and those with Alzheimer's disease.She is a professor in MUSC's Department of Neurology, has written a number of articles and book chapters and has served as an editorial consultant to several medical journals.
Last year Ripich worked on a project to advance the level of communication between Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers.She said her research has been rewarding, but until she learns the ropes at UNE it will have to be put on hold.
Ripich earned her bachelor's and Master's degrees in speech pathology from Case Western Reserve University and a Ph.D. in speech pathology at Kent State University.
Having grown up in a mill town along the Ohio River and lived in Cleveland, with a grandfather who used to walk to work at the mill, Ripich said visiting Biddeford felt like home.She's grateful to return to this type of climate, especially since she is leaving behind the crocodiles and the poisonous snakes of the southern U.S..
"I am excited and ready to brave the Maine winters," she said.
Ripich said she is looking forward to creating a new master plan, but is hesitant to offer ideas until she listens to her base.
"Until I go and listen to the people there and get a sense of where the people that have been committed to the university think it should go, then we will prioritize," she said.
About the CEOs - Maine Health Management Coalition [cached]
Danielle Ripich, Ph.D., President, University of New England - Danielle assumed the University of New England presidency on July 1, 2006. She was previously the dean of the College of Health Professions, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), as well as a professor in the University's College of Medicine, Department of Neurology.
Soon after her arrival, President Ripich initiated a strategic planning process, resulting in a 10-year strategic plan that has guided UNE to unprecedented growth.
Maine Development Foundation: About Us - 2008-2009 MDF Board of Directors, 13 Mar 2014 [cached]
Dr. Danielle Ripich President University of New England
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