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Announcement Letter from Board Chair

November 13, 2009

To the Holy Cross College Community,

On behalf of the Holy Cross College Board of Trustees, I would like to announce the selection of  Brother John R. Paige, C.S.C., Ph.D., as the President Elect of Holy Cross College.

We hope the entire College community will offer a warm welcome and congratulations to Br. John on succeeding Br. Richard Gilman, C.S.C., Ph.D., who will be retiring at the end of next year.  It is with deep affection and respect that we thank Br. Richard for the wisdom and vision he has provided to Holy Cross for the past 17 years as president.  Though we are losing a beloved leader, he has pledged his continued commitment to the college and his willingness to be of service to the new president.

The transition will be an exciting time for the College.  Br. John is sure to bring his own unique experiences and background to his leadership of the College.

Br. John's nomination by the search committee and election by the Board of Trustees resulted from an extensive and rigorous search process lead by a team that included trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and Holy Cross Brothers.  All of us on the Board of Trustees believe that Br. John embodies the charisms of the Brothers and will lead the mission to transform lives by advancing the Gospel and  building competent minds and compassionate hearts.  He will strengthen the bond between all of us committed to this mission.

During the interview process, Br. John spoke to many students, staff, and supporters of the College and witnessed firsthand the loyalty and passion our community holds for this institution.  He has expressed his intent to build on past successes, to strengthen the unique experience Holy Cross offers its students, and to continue to advance the College to a high level of excellence and prestige. 

Br. John comes to his new post after a long and highly accomplished career in education and in service to the Brothers of Holy Cross.  He earned his Bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of Notre Dame, a Master's degrees in Mathematics from Wesleyan University, a degree in Applied Theology from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, and was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Maryland at College Park.

In his distinguished career he has worn every "hat" you will find on a college campus-he has been 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 also served the Congregation of Holy Cross in the United States as Master of Novices. 

He is a student of the education process and has authored 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.

Currently, Br. John is serving a six-year term as Vicar General of the Congregation of Holy Cross in Rome.  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.

We feel very grateful to have such a successful and highly qualified leader to fill Br. Richard's shoes and know that the College will be in wise, experienced, and loving hands going forward.


Jerry B. Love, C.P.A., C.F.P.,
Chair of the Holy Cross College Board of Trustees