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A Message from Donald Taylor, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs to the Benedictine Community

Don Taylor

At the Faculty Assembly meeting on February 13, I announced that I have accepted the vocational calling to become the eighth president of Cabrini College in suburban Philadelphia. I am humbled by the support my family has received the past several months during my journey of navigating the presidential search process.  Cabrini College is a Catholic, liberal arts college dedicated to academic excellence, leadership development, and a commitment to social justice. The charism of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus reminds me so much of the Benedictines, and I feel that Cabrini is a wonderful fit for me professionally as well as personally for my family. I am very excited by the opportunity that awaits me. 

During my years at Benedictine as a faculty member, program director, department chair, dean, and provost,  I had many conversations with our constituents: students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and monks concerning the future direction of what was affectionately known when I arrived at the institution in the summer of 1992 as the “itty bitty college=IBC”.  This year as I reflected over my years at Benedictine, I marveled at the transformation of the college to a comprehensive university: offering a full range of degree programs from associates to doctoral, establishment of two branch campuses in Springfield and Mesa that serve predominantly first-generation students, a growing international population, strategic partnerships locally and globally in China and Vietnam, service to working adult learners and part-time students who are often in career transition, and a developing brand in online education. Today Benedictine serves more students in adult and online education than the number of students who were enrolled at IBC when I started my career in 1992! 

 I have mixed emotions as I think about leaving this community. For the past 22 years, Benedictine University has been a part of my family, and the institution has afforded me the opportunity to grow professionally and personally. I have truly loved coming to work each and every day. I can count on one hand the number of bad days I have had at Benedictine.  It is has been a joy-filled ride, and I have been blessed to have a ringside seat for the past two decades as we have grown as a university. This truly is a “special community”.  I want to thank President Carroll, the faculty and staff, senior administration, deans, trustees, alumni, and monks of St. Procopius Abbey for your friendship and support during my time at Benedictine. It has been an honor and privilege to serve alongside you. Finally, to the ~ 1500 students who I taught, mentored and advised during my career, I learned as much from you as hopefully you did from me---less we ever lose track of our mission and purpose “…it is about the students...”! 

Godspeed, DT

Read the announcement from Cabrini College here

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