SIEDC Member of the Month

William J. Fritz, PhD

College of Staten Island

William J. Fritz, PhD, serves as the seventh president of the College of Staten Island (CSI) and its predecessor institutions Staten Island Community College and Richmond College. He is a tenured Professor of Geology and a member of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Doctoral faculty at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and an internationally known field geologist who has published more than 50 articles and guidebooks.

Dr. Fritz was ranked #17 on City & State’s “Top 50 Most Influential People List for Staten Island,” is actively involved with the Staten Island community, and serves on the boards of numerous organizations, including the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA); 



Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC); the SI Regional Executive Council of Northwell Health; and the CSI Foundation.

CSI is a comprehensive senior college of The City University of New York (CUNY) with four locations: CSI Willowbrook; CSI Merrill; the CSI Technology Incubator; and CSI St. George, opening fall 2017.

The CUNY Interdisciplinary High-Performance Computing Center at CSI is one of the most powerful supercomputers in the New York City region.

The Workforce Development initiative provides employment opportunities in high growth sectors such as healthcare and technology.

The Geographic Information Systems initiative empowers economic development organizations to visualize and analyze future development needs to improve the quality of life for Staten Islanders.


The Technology Incubator is cultivating a tech ecosystem in which tech companies will scale and stimulate job growth.

Recent Awards and Accolades include:

  • 1 Pulitzer Prize; 4 Guggenheims; and 15 Fulbrights earned by faculty and staff

  • Small Business Development Center for Excellence and Innovation Award for both the New York District and Region II by the U.S. SBA awarded to SBDC at CSI

  • 5th Most Influential People and Institutions for Economic Development by the SIEDC

  • 3rd in New York State for Best Colleges by MONEY magazine

  • 16th in the Nation on CollegeNet’s Social Mobility Index.

  • Top 15% for Alumni Salary Potential by Payscale.

Contact Information

Phone: 718-982-2400

CSI Willowbrook

CSI Merrill

CSI Technology Incubator

CSI St. George