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Office of the President

Shirvani, Hamid

Presidential Search Announcement

The Briar Cliff University Board of Trustees has announced Dr. Hamid Shirvani as the University’s 10th president. Dr. Shirvani will assume official duties on July 1, 2016, following the retirement of current University President Beverly A. Wharton. Learn more about incoming President Shirvani →


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 Office Information

President Wharton's Biography →

President Wharton's Retirement Announcement →

Message from President Wharton

Welcome to Briar Cliff University. We invite you to explore this website and begin to learn why our college community is so special.

As a Franciscan and Catholic University, Briar Cliff welcomes you and members of all faiths while we remain dedicated to fostering the moral and ethical values that are central to our faith. Our values-based educational and community experience emphasizes the importance of serving others, caring for the environment, and helping those in need.

The Briar Cliff experience includes academic achievement and scholarship, recreation, leadership development, social activities, athletics, clubs, and student organizations. The distinctive beauty of our campus on "The Cliff" makes it an ideal setting for learning and living.

Briar Cliff graduates are tomorrow’s leaders! Whether you are interested in business or teaching, the sciences or humanities, nursing or social work, or any of our other high quality undergraduate and graduate areas of study, Briar Cliff provides the caring, challenging, student-centered environment needed to meet your goals.

Welcome to Briar Cliff University. Come visit us often – virtually and in person.

— Beverly A. Wharton, President