Presidential Inauguration

The Inauguration of Rev. David T. Tyson, C.S.C.

October 5-6, 2017

On July 31, 2017, upon the recommendation of the Board of Trustees, the Corporate Members, Holy Cross College, Inc., unanimously voted to appoint Reverend David Tyson, C.S.C., the fifth president of Holy Cross College for a term of five years.

“I am honored by the Brothers’ confidence in me,” says Father Tyson. “It has been a blessing to be a part of the Holy Cross College family for the past four months, and I am grateful for this opportunity to continue building its future.” Read More

About the President

Father David T. Tyson, C.S.C., Ed.D., is the fifth president of Holy Cross College. He assumed the office as interim president on April 7, 2017, and was appointed president on July 31, 2017.

Born and raised in Gary, IN, Father Tyson is a 1970 graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. He went on to receive a Master of Theology degree from Notre Dame in 1974 and a doctorate in higher education administration from Indiana University Bloomington in 1980. Father Tyson took his final vows in 1974 and was ordained at Sacred Heart Basilica at Notre Dame in 1975.

Father Tyson served at the University of Notre Dame in a variety of positions on the staff and faculty during the 1970s and 80s. He joined the faculty after completing graduate studies where he served as an assistant and associate professor in the Department of Management. During that decade he also served as executive assistant to the university president, Father Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., and as vice president for Student Affairs.

In 1990, Father Tyson was elected president of the University of Portland. During his 13 years at Portland, Father Tyson oversaw a major expansion of the campus, a tripling of its endowment, and improvement of the University’s regional and national standing.

In 2003, he was elected the provincial superior of what was then called the Indiana Province of Holy Cross, the largest Holy Cross province in the world. During his nine-year tenure, Father Tyson choreographed the reincorporation of the Southern Province into the Indiana Province. In 2009, he began a process which led to the merger of the Eastern Province into the Indiana Province. That process was completed in 2011 with the title of the province being changed to the United States Province with over 500 members serving on three continents. He led the US Province until the end of his term in 2012.

In 2014, the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame named Father Tyson the St. André Bessette Director of Nonprofit Professional Development.

He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Notre Dame for his contributions to the university, the Congregation of Holy Cross, and Catholic higher education. The University of Portland awarded Father Tyson its highest accolade, the Christus Magister Medal, for outstanding service to the University and Catholic higher education in the United States. Over these years, he served on a variety of different boards, including the Holy Cross College Board of Trustees, the University of Notre Dame Board of Fellows and Board of Trustees, the Air Force Board of Visitors of Air University. He was also received the highest civilian award, the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, from the Department of the Army in providing guidance and support for military education in the context of a university.

Inaugural Events

Thursday, October 5

Presidential Picnic for Holy Cross Students

Siegfried Family Dining Hall
11:30 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.


Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society Induction

Dr. Martin Sulkanen, Speaker
Driscoll Hall Auditorium
7:00 p.m.
Reception to follow immediately

Friday, October 6

Inaugural Mass

Saint Joseph Chapel ∙ 10:00 a.m.


Inaugural Luncheon

(by special invitation)
Inaugural Event Tent, O’Connor Commons
11:30 a.m.


Installation Ceremony of President

Pfeil Center, McKenna Arena
2:00 p.m.


Inaugural Reception

Inaugural Event Tent, O’Connor Commons
Immediately following installation ceremony


Inaugural Dinner

(by special invitation)
Cocktails in the Inaugural Event Tent, O’Connor Commons
6:00 p.m.
Dinner in the Pfeil Center, McKenna Arena
6:00 p.m.

The favor of a reply is requested by September 20, 2017.

Register to Attend

We hope you will join us for inauguration activities!

For more information, please contact the President’s Office at (574) 239-8374 or Executive Assistant Jodie Badman via email at

Please click the appropriate link below to complete one of the RSVP registration forms. Kindly register no later than September 20, 2017

Delegate Registration

Special Guest Registration

Faculty/Staff Registration

General Registration


If you will be visiting Holy Cross College from out of town, we are happy to provide you with directions and a map of campus.


Map of Campus

Although we do not have accommodations specifically reserved for the inauguration, you may find a list of hotels and restaurants at Visit South Bend Mishawaka.