Monday, February 20, 2012

St. Bonaventure’s President Carney elected board chair of Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities

Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., who has served as president of St. Bonaventure University since 2004, has been named the new chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU).

Sr. Margaret, who was previously secretary of the board, will serve as chair for a two-year term that began Feb. 1. She succeeds the Rev. Dennis H.  Holtschneider, C.M., president of DePaul University.

Also at the ACCU’s 2012 annual meeting, the Rev. Thomas B. Curran, O.S.F.S., president of Rockhurst University, was re-elected to the board for a second term and will serve as the group’s new secretary.

Association members also elected Sr. Mary Reap, I.H.M., president of Elms College, to the board for her first term, which will end in 2015. Daniel J. Curran, Ph.D., president of the University of Dayton, was also elected for his first full term, though he had previously been appointed to the board to complete the term of Sr. Rosemarie Nassif, S.S.N.D., who retired as president of Holy Names University in 2010.

The ACCU Board oversees the work of the association to encourage and facilitate the sharing of ideas and cooperative efforts among its member institutions, and to promote the good work being done at those schools.

“Sr. Margaret is a dynamic leader, with proven dedication to the principles of diversity, collaboration, and commitment to the Catholic identity,” said Dr. Michael Galligan-Stierle, president and CEO of ACCU. “We are delighted to have her and these other distinguished leaders join the board. I look forward to working with all of the members, new and returning, as we continue to proclaim the good news of Catholic higher education.”

During Sr. Margaret’s term as St. Bonaventure’s 20th president, she has been responsible for major initiatives in academic assessment, new construction and renovations totaling more than $25 million, and the successful completion of a capital campaign that totaled $95 million — the largest in campus history.

She now leads yet another campaign of $15 million for a new School of Business building and faculty development endowments. Her presidency has focused on the centrality of the Franciscan mission and her university’s role as a leading international resource for the Franciscan order.

Sr. Margaret has also been invited to serve a three-year term as a consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Catholic Education. The committee provides guidance for the educational mission of the Catholic Church in the United States in all its institutional settings, including Catholic elementary and secondary schools, Catholic colleges and universities, and college campus ministry.

Her other memberships and professional service include the Presidents’ Council of the Atlantic 10, the chair of the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities, and a faculty member of the Council of Independent Colleges’ Presidential Vocation retreats.

The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, founded in 1899, serves as the collective voice of U.S. Catholic higher education. Through programs and services, the association strengthens and promotes the Catholic identity and mission of its member institutions so that all associated with Catholic higher education can contribute to the greater good of the world and the Church.

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