President's Office
Rick Trietley

Richard C. Trietley Jr., EdD


Richard (Rick) Trietley served Viterbo University as the vice president for student affairs, interim provost, and executive vice president for student success, before being named president in February 2022. Prior to arriving at Viterbo in 2017, he served as the vice president for student affairs at St. Bonaventure University in New York for nine years. At Viterbo, Trietley has overseen the implementation of a sophomore live-on-campus requirement, the addition of several athletic teams, the expansion of the residence complex, and increased the availability of mental health counseling services for students.

Trietley retired from the military as a lieutenant colonel after  22 years in the U.S. Army. His military career included service in Georgia, North Carolina, Alaska, New York, Kansas, and Afghanistan. During his combat deployment to Afghanistan, he served as brigade executive officer of 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division where he was second-in-charge of 3,200 soldiers. In his final assignment before military retirement, he served as the professor of military science for the St. Bonaventure University Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). Trietley earned his military commission as an infantry second lieutenant. His military education includes the Infantry Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the U.S Army Ranger, Jumpmaster, Airborne, and Air Assault Courses.

Trietley's military decorations and awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Expert Infantryman's Badge, Ranger Tab, and the Master Parachutist Wings. He also received the Centurion Award from the National Infantryman’s Association and is a member of the NYS Council of Independent Colleges and Universities’ Hall of Distinction as well as the St. Bonaventure University Seneca Battalion Hall of Fame.

Originally from Olean, N.Y., Trietley holds a bachelor’s degree in education from St. Bonaventure University, a master’s degree in teaching from Webster University, and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership from Maryville University, St. Louis. Trietley is married to Michele (Rouleau) Trietley. They have two sons, Richard III and Kyle.