Since July 2004, Brother Paige has been serving a six-year term as Vicar General of the Congregation of Holy Cross in Rome. In his elected position, Brother Paige resides at the Casa Generalizia di Santa Crocein Rome, Italy. As Vicar and First General Assistant of the Congregation of Holy Cross, he directs and supervises the mission and ministry of the Holy Cross Fathers and Brothers worldwide. He will leave this post to take the helm at the college, assuming the Presidency in January 2011.
According to the Chairman of the Holy Cross College Board of Trustees, Jerry Love, C.P.A., C.F.P., “Few individuals could be as well prepared to lead our college. His experience has covered nearly every aspect of college life.”
Brother Paige has had a long and highly accomplished career in education as a teacher, coach, athletic director, academic dean, principal, board member, president/CEO, and college professor, and is frequently involved as a workshop facilitator, speaker, and consultant on religious, educational, and school governance and accreditation issues. He has also served the Congregation of Holy Cross in the United States as Master of Novices.
Brother Paige, a native of Albany, New York and a member of the Eastern Province of Brothers, earned the Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Notre Dame, a Master’s degree in Mathematics from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, a degree in Applied Theology from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California, and was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Maryland at College Park.
In his Doctoral work, Brother Paige’s dissertation research focused on educational institutional development in Uganda, East Africa, where he served as Visiting Professor of Social Science at the Philosophy Centre, Jinja, and Adjunct Professor on the Faculty of Education at Makerere University. He also wrote a book about the experiences of the Congregation of Holy Cross educators during Uganda’s brutal civil war: Preserving Order Amid Chaos: The Survival of Schools in Uganda, 1971-1986 (Berghahn Books: July 2000).
From 1999 to 2004, Brother Paige served at St. Edward’s University, Austin, Texas, as Associate Professor and Dean of the School of Education, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL), the Board of Trustees of Stonehill College (Massachusetts), the Board of Governors of the Holy Cross Institute, a Commissioner-at-Large and President of the Texas Catholic Conference School Accreditation Commission, and as a Regional Associate of the National Catholic Educational Association Secondary Schools Department.
“We feel that Holy Cross College has been truly blessed to find a new president of the caliber and experience of Brother John Paige. He comes to us at a time of growth and progress on many fronts as well as many new challenges. We hope the entire community will join us in welcoming him and helping him continue to build a nationally respected Catholic liberal arts college here in Michiana,” Jerry Love stated.