Brother John Rhodes Paige, C.S.C., Ph.D.

Holy Cross College 

Notre Dame, Indiana

Brother Paige was appointed President of Holy Cross College at Notre Dame, Indiana in 2010 and he began his mandate on January 1, 2011.  Prior to this appointment he served from 2004 to 2010 as Vicar and First General Assistant of the Congregation of Holy Cross at the Congregation’s General Administration in Rome, Italy.

From 1999 to 2004, Brother Paige was an associate professor of education and dean of the School of Education at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas, where he also directed and supervised the Secondary Education Teacher Preparatory program.  Prior to this service, he was a research associate at the Makerere Institute of Social Research, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda and also served as a visiting professor of social science at Queen of Apostles Philosophy Centre in Jinja, Uganda.  He is the author of Preserving Order amid Chaos: The Survival of Schools in Uganda, 1971-1986 (2000). 

Brother Paige began his education career in 1968 at Holy Cross High School, Waterbury Conn.  In 1972, he went to Notre Dame High School, West Haven, Conn., where, in 1975, he became principal and chief executive officer.  He became a member of the formation faculty at the Holy Cross Novitiate, Waterford, N.Y. in 1982 and was named director of novices from 1983 to 1989.  He was then appointed to the faculty and was named president and chief executive officer at Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Maryland from 1989 to 1996. During these years he also served as director and president of the Secondary Schools Department of the National Catholic Educational Association.

Brother Paige made his perpetual profession with the Congregation of Holy Cross, Society of Brothers, in 1970.

A 1968 graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a B.S. degree in physics, he received an M.A.L.S. degree in Mathematics from Wesleyan University in 1976 and an M.A. degree in Applied Theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif. in 1983. He was awarded the Ph.D. in education policy and leadership from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1998.