Brother Donald Stabrowski, C.S.C., Ph.D.

Assistant Provincial, Secretary
Congregation of Holy Cross

Notre Dame, Indiana

Br. Donald Stabrowski has devoted almost 50 years of his professional life to Holy Cross educational institutions. For 24 off those years, he served as a professor and an administrator at the University of Portland. More recently, he moved into leadership positions within the Congregation of Holy Cross, U.S. Province of Priests and Brothers, serving in a dual capacity as Third Assistant Provincial and as Secretary. In addition, he serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mount Angel Seminary in St. Benedict, Ore. 

Br. Stabrowski was appointed the University of Portland’s Academic Vice President in 1996 and Provost in 2002. He previously served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and taught history and political science. Br. Stabrowski was Acting President of the University in the summer and fall of 2003. He served for 14 years at Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Ind., where he was a professor of American government and history. 

He is the author of a book on the Polish community of South Bend, Ind. ("South Bend Polonia"). From 1970 to 1974, Br. Stabrowski served as Principal of Holy Trinity High School in Chicago; from 1969 to 1970, Assistant Principal, Archbishop Hoben High School, Akron, Ohio; and from 1963 to 1969, teacher and department head at Cathedral High School, Indianapolis. He also served part-time as an instructor at Purdue University North Central (Westville, Ind.) and St. Francis College (Michigan City, Ind., campus). 

Born in Mishawaka, Ind., Br. Stabrowski attended St. Edward’s University (Austin, Texas), where he received an A.B. in 1963. He received an M.A. in American History from Indiana University (Bloomington, Ind.) in1967 and an M.S. in Education in1969. He went on to receive an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Government from the University of Notre Dame in 1979 and 1985 respectively. For continuing studies, he attended the Institute of American History and Government, State University of New York at Stoneybrook in 1968.

On August 16, 1963, he took his final vows to become a brother in the Congregation of Holy Cross. He is the author of a book on the Polish community of South Bend, Indiana (South Bend Polonia), and has published a number of articles, most recently on state and local budget issues. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening.