Biography

President David A. Caruso, PhD

David Caruso was appointed president of Antioch University New England effective July 1, 2006. He comes to Antioch from Worcester State College in Massachusetts, where he served as vice president for academic affairs starting in 2002.

A developmental psychologist and early childhood educator by training, he first became aware of ANE in the mid-1980s through several colleagues who were alums, and remembers being impressed by their description of the quality of their educational experiences and the institution’s mission of transformative education and social change.

David holds a BA in liberal arts and an MA in early childhood education from Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California, and a PhD in child development from Cornell University. In 1995/96 he completed an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship, a national higher education leadership development program, spending his fellowship year at California State University Monterey Bay. He is widely published in professional journals in child development and early education and has received numerous grants and contracts to support his scholarship. His writings focus on the influence of various contextual factors, such as mother-infant interaction and group child care, on early cognitive development, curiosity, and problem solving ability. He also studies the characteristics of high quality early childhood education programs for infants and preschool children.

Prior to assuming the vice presidency at Worcester State, David served as the institution’s associate vice president for academic support and faculty development. Previously he was dean of the College of Education, Nursing, and Health Professions at the University of Hartford and special assistant to the president and interim director of cooperative education at the University of Rhode Island, where he had also been a department chair and tenured full professor in the department of human development and family studies. He previously served on the faculty at Purdue University and Indiana State University. In his earlier career as an early childhood educator, he directed campus child care programs at Sonoma State University and Stanford University, both in California.

David currently is on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals, serves as a consultant evaluator for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and is an advisory board member of the Latino Education Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts. As president, David is ANE’s representative on the Antioch University Leadership Council (ULC) and works with the other campus presidents and the chancellor to advance the entire University.

David enjoyed living in Boston in the mid-1960s as a student at the Berklee College of Music. The family of David’s wife, Sara Hunt, has long and deep roots in New England. David and Sara were very pleased to move to New England in 1989 when he accepted a faculty appointment at the University of Rhode Island.

David is widely published in professional journals in child development and early education and has received numerous grants and contracts to support his scholarship. His writings focus on the influence of various contextual factors, such as mother-infant interaction and group child care, on early cognitive development, curiosity, and problem solving ability. He also studies the characteristics of high quality early childhood education programs for infants and preschool children. David currently is on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals, serves as a consultant evaluator for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and is an advisory board member of the Latino Education Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts.