Presidential Search Update

February 10, 2013

The search for Stonehill's tenth president has been narrowed to two finalists - the Rev. John Denning, C.S.C., who is currently the Vice President for Students Affairs at the College, and the Rev. David Tyson, C.S.C., who recently completed a nine-year term as a Congregation of Holy Cross Provincial Superior.

"The search for Stonehill's next president is progressing steadily and the process has identified two excellent candidates. Both finalists are members of the Congregation of Holy Cross, priests and 'educators in the faith' who have dedicated their lives to serving Holy Cross higher education institutions. The next stage in the process is to introduce the candidates to the wider College community and that will take place in April," said William Devin '60, Chair of the Presidential Search Committee, who provided the following profiles of the two candidates:

Rev. John Denning, C.S.C.: As the Vice President for Student Affairs at Stonehill since 2007, Fr. Denning has guided his division, and collaborated with others on campus, to ensure that a culture of learning permeates all areas of Stonehill life. He has held other senior leadership positions at the College, serving as the Vice President for Mission from 2001 to 2007. During the first two years in the position, he continued to also serve as the Director of Campus Ministry, a position he was appointed to in 2000. He holds a master's of divinity from the University of St. Michael's College, University of Toronto and a bachelor of arts from Tulane University in New Orleans. Fr. Denning is a doctoral candidate in higher education administration at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Active in local affairs, Fr. Denning serves on the boards of My Brother's Keeper in Easton and Father Bill's & MainSpring Coalition for the Homeless in Brockton. Previously, he worked at Bridgewater State University, Coyle & Cassidy High School in Taunton, and as Vocations Director for the Congregation of Holy Cross. He is a current trustee of King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Rev. David Tyson, C.S.C.: Fr. Tyson recently completed a nine-year term as a Congregation of Holy Cross Provincial Superior. From 2003 to 2011, he led the Indiana Province and paved the way for its merger with the Eastern Province. Then, from 2011 to 2012, he served as the first Provincial Superior of the newly-merged United States Province, Congregation of Holy Cross. From 1990 to 2003, he served as the President of the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon. Before Portland, he spent more than two decades at the University of Notre Dame where he rose from being a residence hall staff member to being the vice president for student affairs. He holds a doctorate in higher education administration from Indiana University as well as a master's in theology, and a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Notre Dame. In addition to being an academic administrator, Fr. Tyson has also been a professor of management at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Portland. Among his many board commitments, he has served three terms as a Stonehill College trustee.

Next Steps
In April, each candidate will meet with the College's senior leadership on campus. They will also hold two public sessions for the College community and interview again with the Presidential Search Committee.

In the coming weeks, the Presidential Search Committee will work with the candidates to set the exact dates, times, and locations of these campus meetings. Once that is confirmed, the Committee will share the information with the College community.

Candidate Meetings
"On behalf of the Presidential Search Committee, I urge as many people as possible from the College community to meet these two candidates and to hear their vision for Stonehill's future. At the sessions, the candidates will make introductory statements and take questions from the audience," explained Devin.

Comments from members of the Stonehill community on the candidates are welcome and encouraged, and evaluation forms will be distributed at the sessions. A member of the Presidential Search Committee will be present to facilitate each session and to collect candidate evaluation forms.

The Presidential Search Committee will forward its recommendation to the full Board, at its meeting on May 17.


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