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Dr. Volpe was appointed President of College of Staten Island predecessor institution Richmond College in 1974. He became President of the College of Staten Island in 1976, leading the new institution until his retirement in 1994. His academic specialty was English and American Literature.
Among his accomplishments, Dr. Volpe succeeded in uniting Richmond College and Staten Island Community College in 1976, resulting in the creation of the College of Staten Island and led the transition to its Willowbrook campus.
He pioneered international education with the introduction of study abroad, faculty and student international exchanges, a new major in International Studies, and the founding of the Center for International Service. Dr. Volpe also enhanced cultural life at the College through the promotion of extracurricular music and theater programs and exhibitions, and established the first College gala, the Starlight Ball, which was the predecessor to today’s Celestial Ball.
The Library Rotunda has been named in his honor.