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Robert Oliva

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Robert attended Xaverian High School, Bay Ridge before making his way to Brooklyn Heights, attending St. Francis College on a presidential scholarship.  While studying political science, Robert served in several student leadership positions, serving as student government president; president of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society; and president of the Duns Scotus Honor Society.

Upon graduating from St. Francis in 2004, Robert joined the staff of Xaverian High School where he served as a Religion Teacher and Development Associate; after three years of service to the school community, he served as the Alumni Director.  Various other responsibilities included editor of the Navigator, Xaverian’s alumni newsletter; director of the Bruges-Brooklyn Belgium Exchange Program; Varsity Volleyball Assistant Coach; and Awards Night Coordinator.

After six years of service to Xaverian, Robert took the position of Director of Special Events at his alma mater, St. Francis College, where he oversees the College’s major internal events and the 550 community events that take place throughout the academic year.  In September of 2012, Robert was promoted to Director of Community Partnerships and Special Events, continuing to oversee the special events unit, while working to enhance the College’s educational and community partnerships, and oversee the Concierge and Security operations of the College.  Additional responsibilities include logistical oversight of the College’s two marquee fundraisers, the Charter Award Dinner and the Meadow Brook Club Golf Outing.  In 2013, Robert was named Administrator of the Year and received the prestigious Franciscan Spirit Award.        

A parishioner of St. Bernadette’s parish, Robert is chairman of the Police Officer Christopher Hoban Memorial Run; a member of the Board of Directors for Fontbonne Hall Academy and St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf; and a member of the Knights of Columbus.  Professionally, he is a member of the North American Association of Commencement Officers and the College Events & Facilities Management Association.  

Robert, a member of Pi Alpha Alpha, the national public affairs and administration honor society, received his Masters of Public Administration degree from the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College in May 2014.  Since Fall 2014, Robert returned to the classroom as an adjunct professor at St. Francis College in the Management Department.