Welcome to Holy Cross College!On July 31, 2017, the Member Corporation of the Brothers of Holy Cross unanimously voted to appoint Father David Tyson, C.S.C., president of the college for a term of five years. Father Tyson brings a life-long association with the Congregation of Holy Cross and commitment to higher education in the Holy Cross tradition. He has served as a trustee of the college since 2014 and was named interim president of the college by the Board of Trustees in April 2017.
Prior to being named interim president of Holy Cross College, Father Tyson was the St. André Bessette Director of Nonprofit Professional Development at Mendoza College, University of Notre Dame. A member of the Notre Dame class of 1970, he previously served at the University in a variety of positions on the staff and faculty in the 1970s and 1980s. He joined the Mendoza College 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, he was elected president of the University of Portland, a Holy Cross sister institution of Notre Dame. During his thirteen 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. He led the US Province until the end of his term in 2012. 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. That same year, the University of Portland awarded him 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 Notre Dame’s Board of Fellows and Board of Trustees, the Air Force’s Board of Visitors of Air University. He has 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.