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Holy Cross College is a Catholic, residential, coed, four-year institution of higher learning, offering an applied liberal arts curriculum. It was founded in 1966 and continues to be conducted by the Brothers of Holy Cross a society of lay religious men within the Congregation of Holy Cross (CSC) who take vows of poverty, celibacy and obedience as a way to more creatively and intimately serve the mission of our Savior Jesus Christ, His Body – the Church, and the needs of the world. Brothers of Holy Cross serve through ministries which educate and sensitize persons to the need of the world for justice and peace.

At a Glance

Holy Cross College is a Catholic, co-ed, residential college offering Bachelor of Arts degrees
Location: 150 acre wooded campus in Notre Dame, Indiana
Founded: 1966
Mascot: “Saints”
Undergraduate Enrollment: 500
Student Body: Holy Cross students are a diverse group representing more than 30 states and a dozen countries. Enrollment is approximately 60% male and 40% female. Racial mix varies in any given year but roughly mirrors the US population.
Affiliation: Congregation of Holy Cross (C.S.C.)
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018): $28,784 annual
Room & Board (2017-2018): $11,002 annual
Degree Programs: Holy Cross offers majors and minors in Biology, Business, Communications, Education, English Literature, History, Liberal Studies, Psychology, Theology, and Visual Arts. Also offer minors in Global Perspectives, Leadership and Management, Marketing, Philosophy, Spanish, and Sports Management
Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA): Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Golf, Tennis, and Soccer.
Club Athletics: Cheerleading, Men’s Lacrosse

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New Vice President of Finance

New Vice President of Finance

Holy Cross College is proud to announce that it has named Monica Markovich to the position of vice president of finance. Her appointment was made by Father David Tyson, C.S.C., president of Holy Cross College, and she was elected by the Board of Trustees on November 29, 2017.

As vice president, Markovich will be the chief financial officer of the college, and she brings more than 10 years of experience in program management, design, finance, and assessment to her new position.

“Monica is a proven leader with a unique combination of gifts well-suited for Holy Cross. She shares a deep commitment to our mission and has the strategic planning skills to help us achieve it,” says Father Tyson. “As an officer of the college, Monica will work closely with Provost Justin Watson, Senior Vice President Michael Griffin, and me to oversee the general welfare of the college.”

Markovich joins Holy Cross from the University of Notre Dame, where she was the analyst for the Office of the Executive Vice President for the past three years.

When she begins her term at Holy Cross on January 1, 2018, Markovich will oversee all financial operations of the college, including strategic planning and budgeting, and will report directly to the president of the college.

“I have always admired the mission of Holy Cross and its formation of students while preparing them for their next steps in life,” says Markovich. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to support and steward the college under the inspirational guidance of Fr. Tyson.”

A native of South Bend, she received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame in 2004 and earned her Master of Public Affairs with a concentration in financial management from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs in in 2008. Following graduation, she worked for the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, advancing from program manager to director of policy and programs for Adult, Career and Technical Education during her five years there. In that position, she managed a $25 million budget, a significant portion of which involved federal and state grants. When she transitioned to her role at the University of Notre Dame, she oversaw a variety of special projects, as well as conducted extensive analysis and drafted reports on strategic university issues.

Outside of work, Markovich is a committed member of Little Flower Catholic Church, where she is a lector and sits on the Parish Finance Council. A mother of three young children, she particularly enjoys spending time with her husband and family working on house improvements and hiking local nature trails.

Notre Dame Vice President to Speak for Practical Lessons

Notre Dame Vice President to Speak for Practical Lessons

Lou Nanni, vice president for University Relations at the University of Notre Dame, will speak at Holy Cross College as part of the Practical Lessons in Success speaker series on Wednesday, November 15, at 7 p.m. His talk, titled “The Privilege of Service,” will offer guiding principles to forging a life of service in the non-profit arena.

Nanni graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1984 with a BA in Government and the Program of Liberal Studies. In 1988, he earned his MA in International Peace Studies. After graduation, he was elected to Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees as a young alumni member.

Apr. 23, 2015; Lou Nanni, Vice President , Office of VP-University Relations. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)
From 1984 to 1986, Nanni worked as a lay missioner in Santiago, Chile, with the Congregation of Holy Cross. He became director of the world mission office of the Catholic Diocese of Orlando, FL, in 1988. Upon his return to South Bend, he served as executive director of the South Bend Center for Homeless for eight years, until becoming executive assistant to former Notre Dame president, Father Malloy, in 1999. Nanni was elected to his current position at the University in 2002.

Nanni and his wife Carmen, a fellow Notre Dame graduate, received one of three exemplar awards from the University of Notre Dame in 1997. He also received the Thomas Dooley Award for Humanitarian Service in 1994. In August of this year, Nanni traveled the 320-mile Notre Dame Trail, a biking and walking trip that spanned from Vincennes, IN, to Notre Dame, IN, to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the founding of the university.

A reception will immediately follow the presentation.

All Practical Lessons in Success presentations are free and open to the public.

Holy Cross Celebrates the 242nd Marine Corps Birthday

Holy Cross Celebrates the 242nd Marine Corps Birthday

On Friday, November 10, at 7:30 a.m., Holy Cross College will host its 14th annual Marine Corps Morning Colors Ceremony, in honor of the Marine Corps’ 242nd birthday.

Marines from the Notre Dame ROTC and the United States Marine Corps Reserves, along with those from around the South Bend area and those affiliated with Holy Cross College, will join in a flag-raising ceremony in honor of the Corps’ birthday at the Col. Brian Regan Flag Complex, located on the Holy Cross College campus.

Celebrations will be held worldwide on November 10 as a result of Gen. John A. Lejeune’s order on November 1, 1921, which provided a summary of the history, mission, and traditions of the Corps. Gen. Lejeune directed that the order be read to every command each subsequent year on November 10, in honor of the founding of the Marine Corps.

The order will be read in locations across the United States and worldwide. Celebrations range from silent observations in austere locations to more ceremonial readings.

The public is welcome to attend.

For a message from the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Robert B. Neller, visit The Marine Corps Association and Foundation.

Holy Cross Hosts annual Michiana Orchid Society Show

Holy Cross Hosts annual Michiana Orchid Society Show

The Michiana Orchid Society will host its annual fall show and sale on November 11-12, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Holy Cross College. Orchid vendors from Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana will offer a large selection of blooming orchid plants for viewing and plants and supplies for local orchid hobbyists.

“Plan to be amazed by beautiful exhibits of exotic orchids in tropical settings set up by orchid societies from Indiana, Michigan and Illinois,” says Sandy Ohlund, chair of the show. “Photographers will find wonderful opportunities to capture lovely and unusual flowers in bloom.”

Ribbon judging and the American Orchid Society national judging by judges from the Midwest region will take place on Saturday. Free workshops and presentations will be available at 1:30 both Saturday and Sunday. Michiana Orchid Society members will also be present both days to answer questions about orchids. There will be a free raffle for orchid plants. Participants need not be present to win. For children, there will be an activity area featuring planting and coloring with an orchid theme.

The orchid show is free and open to the public.

For more information on the orchid show and the Michiana Orchid Society visit

Holy Cross Student Receives ICI Scholarship

Holy Cross Student Receives ICI Scholarship

by Alexis Petersen, ’19

On October 3, 2017, Maria Barrera, a junior at Holy Cross College, was awarded a 2017 Realizing the Dream scholarship, a $2,500 grant offered by the consortium of Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) to first-generation college students. Barrera, a resident of Fort Wayne, will be honored at a banquet for recipients of the scholarship on November 4, 2017, in Indianapolis.

In addition to her scholarship, Barrera also named an inspirational educator in her life who will receive a $1,000 professional development award. Barrera chose Suzanne Kaiser, her high school English teacher from Snider High School in Fort Wayne, IN, who will also attend the Indianapolis banquet.

Endowed by a grant from the Lilly Foundation, ICI distributes the scholarship to 31 participating colleges, who select the recipient based on need and merit. Brian Howard, dean of academic support services at Holy Cross College, personally selected Barrera for the scholarship out of an exclusive pool of applicants. “This scholarship is life-changing for students,” Howard says. “College success can potentially affect a student’s future and family. It’s a big deal.”

Barrera’s extracurricular involvement includes Holy Cross College’s Student Ambassadors Globally Engaged (SAGE) group, with whom she helped organize fundraising events for U.S. coastlines devastated by hurricane season. She also volunteers for the Take 10 nonviolence initiative for students at local high schools, and helped coordinate gifts for donors during Holy Cross’ “Because of You” donor appreciation campaign.

Barrera is a member of the Delta Epsilon Sigma honors society and plans to begin the selection process for prospective medical schools next fall.

Estudiante de Holy Cross Recibe Beca ICI

by Sara Geronimo, ’20

En Octubre 3, 2017, Maria Barrera, una estudiante de tercer ano en Holy Cross College, fue galardonada la beca Realizando el Sueno 2017, una subvención de $2,500 ofrecida por el consorcio de Colegios Independientes de Indiana (ICI) a estudiantes universitarios de primera generación. Barrera, residente de Fort Wayne, será reconocida en un banquete para los recipientes de la beca en noviembre 4, 2017, en Indianápolis.

Además de su beca, Barrera también nombro a un educador inspirador en su vida que recibirá un premio de desarrollo professional de $1,000. Barrera escogió Suzanne Kaiser, su profesor de Inglés de secundaria en Snider High School, Fort Wayne, IN, que también atenderá al banquete en Indianapolis.

Dotado por una subvención de la Fundación Lilly, ICI distribuye la beca a 31 universidades participantes, que seleccionan al los receptors según necesidad y el merito. Brian Howard, decano de servicios de apoyo académico de Holy Cross College, selecciono personalmente a Barrera para la beca de un grupo exclusive de solicitantes. “Esta beca cambia las vidas de los estudiantes”, dice Howard. “El éxito universitario puede afectar potencialmente el futuro del estudiante y a su familia. Tiene mucha importancia.”

Barrera participa en actividades extracurriculares como el grupo de Holy Cross College’s Embajadores Estudiantiles Comprometidos Globalmente, en el cual ella ayudo a organizar una recaudación de fondos para las costas de los Estados Unidos devastadas por la temporada de huracanes. También toma tempo siendo voluntaria para la iniciativa No violencia Take 10 para estudiantes de escuelas secundarias locales y ayudo a coordinar donaciones para donantes durante la campana de agradecimiento de donantes de Holy Cross “Gracias a Ti”.

Barrera es miembro de la sociedad de honores Delta Epsilon Sigma y esta planeando comenzar el proceso de selección para futuras escuelas de medicina el próximo otoño.

Historic Preservation Commission Director to Speak

Historic Preservation Commission Director to Speak

The executive director of the Historic Preservation Commission of South Bend and St. Joseph County (HPCSBSJC), Elicia Feasel, will speak at Holy Cross College series on Wednesday, October 25, at 7 p.m. as part of the annual Practical Lessons in Success series. With a career and community involvement based in both historical preservation and sustainable buildings, Feasel’s presentation will focus on how she has utilized her liberal arts education in her efforts to establish lasting sustainability in existing and historical buildings and demonstrate their long-term benefits to the community.

A graduate of Purdue University, Feasel has a BA in Interior Design. In 2007, she participated in the Chicago Center for Green Technology’s Green Tech U program, which provided education and certification in green technology innovations, and in 2008, she was certified as a sustainable building advisor by the Sustainable Building Advisor Institute in Portland, OR. She has served on the HPCSBSJC since 2009. In 2012, she started a sustainable design consulting firm, Sustainable Retrofitting, to help clients preserve and rehabilitate original architectural integrity. They are currently rehabilitating their third vacant house, a 96-year-old cottage in Pine Lake.

Feasel, along with other faculty from HPCSBSJC, provided research and consultation to the Building South Bend: Past, Present, and Future project in cooperation with Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame’s Architecture Library and the History Museum of South Bend. The project aims to use apps, virtual reality, and 3D printing to recreate and preserve the buildings of early 20th century downtown South Bend.

A reception and opportunity to speak with Feasel will immediately follow the presentation. All Practical Lessons in Success presentations are free and open to the public.

Holy Cross Men’s Basketball Takes on ND

Holy Cross Men’s Basketball Takes on ND

by Tyler Braidic, Sports Information Director

The Holy Cross College men’s basketball team will take on the nationally ranked University of Notre Dame in a preseason exhibition game on Friday, October 20, at 7 p.m. in the Purcell Pavilion.

“We are very much appreciative of Notre Dame men’s basketball for giving us this opportunity,” said Holy Cross College men’s basketball coach Mike McBride. “One of the great lessons of team sports is that those who compete learn that it’s not about themselves. It is about teamwork and helping others. This game is a great opportunity to join forces with a high major college basketball program and do good for others.”

All proceeds from the game between the Saints and the 14th ranked Irish will be given to the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program, whose mission seeks to transform Catholic schools. Saint Catherine of Siena, a Catholic school in Port Arthur, TX, was severely damaged by Hurricane Harvey. Proceeds from Friday’s game will go directly to the school for repairs needed to their HVAC system, roof, and gym floor.

“Our exhibition with Notre Dame is impactful on a number of levels for our program, college, and most importantly the people involved with the hurricane relief,” coach Mike McBride said. “The event will highlight the close relationship between the University of Notre Dame and Holy Cross College. Paramount to all of that is the good it will do through the ACE program.”

This season, Holy Cross will be led by seniors Ja’Mare Washington, Travon Brackett, Brandon Lawler, Dom Gatling, and Jack Binegar. Juniors Nate Miller and Bryce Crosen return after stellar sophomore seasons.

Holy Cross College, governed by the Brothers of the Holy Cross, shares a relationship with the University of Notre Dame as both were founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross. Established in 1966, Holy Cross College is a Catholic co-ed, residential college that competes at the NAIA level.

The event will be a non-ticketed exhibition and will be free to enter with further details of how donations will be gathered and accepted to be announced later this week.

Follow @hocrosaints for more details as the game approaches.

In The News

South Bend Tribune: Holy Cross, Notre Dame to meet for good basketball cause

Beaumont Enterprise: Notre Dame basketball game to benefit Port Arthur school

ND Insider: Notre Dame men’s hoops adds exhibition game with Holy Cross

Notre Dame Official Athletic Site: Third Men’s Basketball Exhibition Added For Hurricane Relief

Holy Cross College Presidents

Father David Tyson, C.S.C.

Served from 2017-current


Father David T. Tyson, C.S.C., Ed.D., 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.

Brother John Paige, C.S.C.

Served from 2011-2017


Brother John Paige became president of Holy Cross College on January 1, 2011.

Brother John is a 1968 graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a B.S. degree in physics. He received an M.A.L.S. degree in mathematics from Wesleyan University in 1976 and an M.A. degree in applied theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California in 1983. He was awarded the Ph.D. in education policy and leadership from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1998.

Brother John made his perpetual profession with the Congregation of Holy Cross, Society of Brothers, Eastern Brothers Province U.S.A. in 1970.

Brother John began his career as an educator at Holy Cross High School, Waterbury, Connecticut in 1968. In 1972, he relocated to Notre Dame High School, West Haven, Connecticut, where he taught until becoming principal and chief executive officer in 1975. From 1997 to 1999, Brother Paige was a research associate at the Makerre Institute of Social Research, Makerre University, Kampala, Uganda, and was a visiting professor of social science at Queen of Apostles Philosophy Centre in Jinja, Uganda from 1998-1999.

He became a member of the formation faculty at the Holy Cross Novitiate in Valatie, New York in 1982, and was selected as Director of Novices in 1983. Brother John was also a member of the formation for ministry faculty for the Diocese of Albany, New York from 1982 through 1989. He was appointed to the faculty and was named president and chief executive officer at Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Maryland in 1989. The recipient of awards in Connecticut and Maryland, Brother John was a director of the National Association of Religious Brothers from 1989 to 1994, and served as its president from 1990 to 1994. He is the author of Preserving Order Amid Chaos: The Survival of Schools in Uganda, 1971 – 1986 (2000).

Brother Paige served as director and supervisor of Secondary Education Teacher Preparation at St. Edward’s University, and in 2001 he became an associate professor of education and dean of the School of Education at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. In 2004, Brother John was elected and served as Vicar and First General Assistant of the Congregation of Holy Cross at the Congregation’s General Chapter in Rome, Italy until he was selected to become president of Holy Cross.

Brother Richard Gilman, C.S.C.

Served from 1992-2010


Brother Richard became president of Holy Cross College on July 1, 1992.

A native of Lakewood, OH, Brother Richard graduated summa cum laude as class valedictorian from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in mathematics and physics in 1965. He attended Harvard Graduate School of Education on a National Science Foundation fellowship, receiving the M.A.T. degree in 1966. He was an instructor in pure and applied mathematics and physics at St. Augustine’s College in Cape Coast, Ghana until 1974, after which he began a 17-year period of distinguished service at Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron, Ohio, having served the last six years of that tenure as president and principal.

Brother Richard also studied at St. Louis University (1971), the University of Akron (1974-75, 1980), Georgetown University (1976), and was a member of the Woodrow Wilson Institute at Princeton University, where he studied in 1985. He received a doctorate in higher educational administration from the University of Dayton.

Under his leadership, Holy Cross College became a four-year college, offering baccalaureate degrees in nine majors. Brother Richard oversaw the construction of the Vincent Academic Center with 17 new classrooms and labs, and the Millennium Arch and Hardesty Plaza.

Brother Richard led the development of a residential life program, remodeling two buildings as student dormitories and building two new residence halls. He initiated the office of Campus Ministry and started the International Experience program that encourages students to travel to one four countries served by the Congregation of Holy Cross-Ghana, Peru, Mexico, or India-to broaden students’ cultural perspectives. He also spearheaded the development and completion of the Pfeil Recreation and Student Center.

During his tenure he received many honors including the degree of Doctor of Humanities, Honoris Causa from Saint Mary’s College.

Brother Richard passed away September 24, 2017.

Brother Raphael Wilson, C.S.C.

Acting President from 1990-1992


Brother Raphael became acting president of Holy Cross College on July 1, 1990.

He has a Bachelor of Science from the University Notre Dame, 1948, a Master of Arts from the University Texas, 1951 and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Texas, Galveston, 1954.

Brother Raphael began his career as a professor at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX., and moved to the South Bend area to teach at the University of Notre Dame in 1959. He moved back to Texas to be a professor of experimental biology at Baylor College of Medicine in 1970.

In 1979, he was made president of the University of Portland, where he served until 1981. He taught at a number of colleges and universities before coming to Holy Cross in 1990.

Brother David Naples, C.S.C.

Served from 1988-1990

Brother James Leik, C.S.C.

Acting President from 1987-1988


Along with Brother John Driscoll, Brother James Leik helped found Holy Cross Junior College in 1966. The two men agreed that Br. Driscoll would manage the academic side of the school and Brother James would manage the facilities and the money, and to be fair, they would both teach classes.

Over the next 21 years, Brother James and Brother John managed Holy Cross Junior College simply and efficiently, much the way they began it. True to the Brothers’ mission to “make a difference in the world by being present and available,” Brother James took on whatever job needed him. He has been professor, bookstore manager, director of financial aid, corporate treasurer, and director of institutional advancement. He was even, reluctantly, acting president, but only until a replacement could be found.

Even after retiring from teaching, Brother James has stayed on at Holy Cross as full-time archivist, making a record of Holy Cross’s history. He is currently working on digitizing the school’s myriad photos, statements, reports and historical documents.

Brother John Driscoll, C.S.C.

Served from 1966-1987


By Brother George Klawitter, C.S.C. (abriged)

The Brothers of Holy Cross selected Br. John Driscoll to be the college’s first president. Brother John was a shrewd administrator and devoted to the college. His firm standards and strong work ethic were balanced by his sensitivity to student needs. He was a man of deep Catholic faith, expressed not only in the college goals, but in his appreciation of each student. Although he wasn’t comfortable as a religious speaker, his spirituality was evident in everything he did, from teaching, to organizing, to being present every day.

Being accessible and down-to-earth were key aspects of Brother John’s leadership. He knew of all the students by their names, backgrounds, and academic records, and he spent hours every day standing in the same spot in the student lounge, surrounded by studying students. Brother John kept a summer vegetable garden behind the student lounge, from which he would talk to passersby. He practically lived at the college, and he lived the philosophy of the college he had shaped.

The college continues to keep the philosophy of education that Brother John demonstrated day by day: put students first, keep classes small, and have faculty available to students when students need them. Brother John started Holy Cross College with a vision of community in mind, and it remains committed to his educational ideals many years and many new buildings later.

Brother John Driscoll passed away June 23, 1987.

Br. Richard Gilman, C.S.C., Passes Away

Br. Richard Gilman, C.S.C., Passes Away

Brother Richard Baker Gilman, C.S.C., age 74, died September 24, 2017 at Dujarie House, in Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame, IN. His visitation will be held on Monday, October 2, at St. Joseph Chapel, with viewing from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., on the grounds of Holy Cross College at Notre Dame, IN. The Mass of Resurrection will follow with interment afterward in St. Joseph’s Cemetery of the Village. Kaniewski Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

He was born in Lakewood, Ohio, on July 18, 1943, the son of Robert and Alice (Healy) Gilman. He attended St. James Elementary School and St. Edward High School where he graduated magna cum laude in 1961. Brother Richard joined the Brothers a month after graduating. He went to Sacred Heart Juniorate in Watertown, WI, in June 1961 and received the habit of the Brothers on August 15, 1961 at St. Joseph’s Novitiate, Rolling Prairie, IN, and made his first profession of vows as a Holy Cross Brother on August 16, 1962. He traveled to Austin, TX, to begin his college studies at St. Edward’s University and graduated summa cum laude in 1965 earning a Bachelor’s of Science in physics and mathematics. He was awarded a National Science Fellowship grant to continue advanced study the next year at Harvard University, earning a Master’s of Science degree in Mathematics. Brother Richard went on to teach in Ghana for 5 years at St. Augustine’s College in Cape Coast and 3 years at St. John’s College in Sekondi.

Upon returning to the United States in 1974, he pursued studies at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson Institute in bioinformatics and began teaching challenging math courses for 11 years at Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron, OH. While serving as principal of Archbishop Hoban High School in 1986 and then its president in 1991, he also studied administration at the University of Dayton. His scholarship and service culminated by earning a Ph.D. in Higher Educational Leadership in 1995.

He was selected in 1992 to be the new president of Holy Cross College at Notre Dame. He was quoted, “I was graced to be the president of Holy Cross College to lead it to achieve baccalaureate status.” There were expansions within the college’s academic and campus needs, a role he fulfilled with ingenuity and a creative vision. His ideal for leadership was to empower others through steady enlightenment to bring satisfaction and success.

A man of intellect and insight with a sound moral compass, Brother Richard was regularly called upon to serve on boards, the provincial council, general chapters and as an expert advisor and mentor. Along with his amazing mastery of facts and creative critical thinking, these gifts allowed him to accurately interpret the present and plan for a desired future in his role as president with ingenuity and creative vision. Brother Richard once said, “In the song ‘Getting to Know You’ from The King and I, we are told, “if you become a teacher, by your pupils you’ll be taught.” As an educator of minds and hearts, he lived this message for over 50 years and grew in grace and wisdom while assisting others to do the same.”

Timeline of Accomplishments at Holy Cross College:

1992 Brother Richard Gilman appointed president July 1.
1995 Plant expansion and renovation of Vincent Hall atrium, classrooms and offices. Library renovation and addition becomes the McKenna Library. Auditorium refurbished, bookstore enlarged, admissions office moved to the old chemistry class/lab, biology room.
1997 Student residency begins with James Hall. Office of Campus Ministry established.
1998 Student residency halls expand with Basil, James and West (Anselm) Halls.
1999 Lighted outdoor tennis, basketball, and sand volleyball courts added.
2000 South Hall apartments open. First student group travels to Ghana. Millennium Archway completed.
2001 Vincent Hall expansion adds classrooms, labs, faculty offices, and the “Max” student lounge.
2002 East Parking Lot is completed.
2003 Baccalaureate program begins with liberal arts degree. Global Perspective Experience expanded. Pulte Hall apartments open.
2004 South athletic fields completed. Circular drive and flagpoles highlight new entrance. Modular Units with the class rooms and faculty offices demolished.
2005 First baccalaureate program produces13 graduates. Mission Team founded with eight members.
2006 Collegiate athletic program begins by joining NAIA Athletic Association.
2007 Ground broken for new Pfeil Center – a facility for student athletics, recreation, and student government. Centers of Excellence established (Center for Global Perspectives and Center for Discernment and Preparation) Theology and education majors approved.
2008 Pfeil Center – McKenna Arena becomes operational. Hesburgh Grove is completed.
2009 Higher Learning Commission North Central Association of Colleges and Schools approves 6 new baccalaureate majors for total of 9.
2010 First Commencement is held in Pfeil Center.  Saints’ lacrosse team wins first conference championship of any sport. The Tenth Anniversary of the Global Perspective Program is celebrated. Br. Richard retires.


Paola Bernardini

Philosophy | Global Perspectives

Office: Vincent 106
Phone: 574-472-8614

PhD, Pontifical University Saint Thomas Aquinas
EdM, Harvard Graduate School of Education
BA, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart