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Holy Cross College Names Three New Board of Trustee Members

Holy Cross College Names Three New Board of Trustee Members

NOTRE DAME, IN (June 27, 2014) — Holy Cross College is honored to announce the appointment of three new members to the institution’s Board of Trustees: Rev. David Tyson, C.S.C. of Notre Dame, Indiana, Sr. Amy Cavender, C.S.C. of Notre Dame, Indiana, and Dr. Thomas McGovern of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

"Father David Tyson and Sister Amy Cavender bring to our Holy Cross Board a wealth of experience as Holy Cross educators," said Br. John Paige, C.S.C., President of Holy Cross College. “Their long engagement in Catholic and Holy Cross higher education institutions affords them a lived experience of mission that is critical to governance and decision-making in the college as we grow and expand programs and facilities.

Br. John went on to say, “Dr. McGovern, an active member of the Catholic Medical Association, is particularly enthusiastic about the development of our pre-professional science program at Holy Cross. I am looking forward to working with all three new members as we further the mission and the goals of the college.”

Originally from Gary, Indiana, Reverend Tyson studied sociology and theology at the University of Notre Dame. He earned a Doctorate Degree in Higher Education Administration from Indiana University in 1980.

Throughout the years, Father Tyson has served in a variety of higher education positions, beginning as a staff and faculty member at the University of Notre Dame during the 1970’s and 80’s. He went on join the Mendoza College of Business faculty, being appointed as an assistant and associate professor in the Department of Management. During the 1980’s Father Tyson also served as executive assistant to the University of Notre Dame’s President, Father Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., and as Vice President for Student Affairs (1984 – 1990).

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

In 2003, Tyson 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.

Father Tyson has been awarded with the University of Portland’s highest accolade, the Christus Magister Medal, for his outstanding service to the university and Catholic higher education in the United States, an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Notre Dame for his contributions to the university, the Congregation of Holy Cross, and Catholic higher education, and the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal from the Department of the Army for providing guidance and support for military education in the context of a university.

Tyson has served on various boards, including the Board of Fellows and Board of Trustees at the University of Notre Dame, the Board of Trustees at Saint Mary’s College, St. Edward’s University, Stonehill College, and King’s College, the Board of Visitors at the United States Air Force’s Air University, and the NCAA’s Board of Directors.

Today, Father David Tyson serves as a Professional Specialist, a Teaching Professor, and Director of Catholic Outreach at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

Sr. Amy Cavender, C.S.C., a Sister of the Holy Cross and an Associate Professor of Political Science at Saint Mary’s College, will also provide the Holy Cross College Board of Trustees with know-how and competence in the areas of academics and mission. However, her passion and proficiency in all things technical will also be a positive and crucial asset to the Board.

Sister Amy began her studies at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, where she graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Political Science and Spanish. She went on to earn her Master’s and Doctorate Degrees in Government and International Studies from University of Notre Dame.

Sister Amy started her career in teaching in 1991 at the University of Notre Dame. She went on to teach courses in Government, Political Science, and Philosophy at Indiana University South Bend, Holy Cross College, and Queen of Apostles Philosophy Centre in Jinja, Uganda, before being appointed lecturer and full time professor at Saint Mary’s in 2004. In addition to her teaching duties, Cavender was named Interim Director of the Center for Academic Innovation at Saint Mary’s in 2013.

Sister Amy’s current research interests are in ecumenical dialogue and the lessons it might provide for the conduct of political discourse in pluralistic societies. She is also very interested in the digital humanities -- an area of research, teaching, and creation concerned with the intersection of computing and the disciplines of the humanities – and the use of computers in her work, both in and out of the classroom.

Cavender is a sought out lecturer, presenter, and panelist, and has been writing for ProfHacker – a blog sponsored by The Chronicle of Higher Education that delivers tips, tutorials, and commentary on pedagogy, productivity, and technology in higher education -- since 2009.

Dr. Thomas McGovern grew up in the town of Escanaba in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and obtained a biology degree from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan.

He graduated from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota and entered the United States Army for eight years. While in the Army, McGovern worked in defensive biological warfare research at Fort Detrick, Maryland, completed a dermatology residency at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado and ran the dermatology clinic at Fort Riley, Kansas for two years. After his honorable discharge from the Army, he performed a one-year fellowship in Mohs and Advanced Dermatologic Surgery at the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.

Dr. McGovern has written numerous book chapters, articles, and editorials and has given oral presentations on various aspects of skin disease. His special interests are the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer and botanical dermatology. Dr. McGovern is a fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery and has practiced dermatology and Mohs surgery at Fort Wayne Dermatology PC since 2000 and became a co-owner of Fort Wayne Dermatology Consultants, Inc. in 2003. He lives in Fort Wayne with his wife and their seven children.

The three new trustees will each serve a three-year term and be eligible for reappointment to a second three-year term in 2017.