New Vice President Candidate Profiles

By Jacob Alfarah, Advertising Manager

Over the past month the College has been holding Open Information Sessions for candidates being considered to be our next Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. There are currently four finalists left in the running and we at The Crusader think it would be helpful to fill you in about who could be our next dean.

Dr. Paul McLoughlin II

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Dr. Paul McLoughlin is the current Dean of Students at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. In combination with his work at University of Florida, the University of Vermont, and Miami University in Ohio, Dr. McLoughlin previously served as the Associate Dean and Senior Advisor to the Dean at Harvard University in Massachusetts for 10 years. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Higher Educational Administration from Boston College, a Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration, as well as a Bachelors in Zoology with a minor in Neuroscience. In a statement made to Harvard University’s campus newspaper, Dean of Freshmen at Harvard, Thomas A. Dingman described McLoughlin saying, “He was a very hardworking, very creative, and very organized colleague … I was struck then by his energy, his imagination, his commitment to make a difference.”

Dr. Michele C. Murray

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Dr. Michele Murray currently serves as the Vice President for Student Development at Seattle University, a Jesuit University in the state of Washington. She previously worked as the Associate Vice President and Assistant Vice President at Seattle University as well as working the Student Affairs offices at Loyola Maryland and the University of Vermont. She holds a doctorate in Educational Policy and Leadership in Higher Education from the University of Maryland, a Masters from the University of Vermont in Higher Education and Student Administration, and a Bachelors from the University of Virginia. During an interview with The Crusader, Ms. Murray stressed her belief in the holistic approach of Jesuit education and “the real need for [students] to feel like they belong.”

Byron McCrae

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Byron McCrae currently serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Hampshire College in Massachusetts where he has been for about four years. He previously worked at Washington & Jefferson College as well as the San Francisco Art Institute. He holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership in Administration & Policy from Fordham University, a Masters in Higher Education from Syracuse University, and his Bachelors in Communication Arts from Salisbury University.

David Johnson

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David Johnson currently serves as the Associate Provost for Student Affairs at Xavier University, a Jesuit university in Cincinnati, Ohio. Previously, he served as the Founding Executive Director of the Center for Faith and Justice and the Director of the Peace and Justice Programs at Xavier University. He also served two seasons as the Women’s Assistant Varsity Soccer Coach at St. John’s University and at the College of St. Benedict’s. Mr. Johnson holds a Masters in Theology from Boston College, and a Bachelors from St. John’s University in Peace Studies. He is currently finishing his Doctorate in Education from Miami University in Ohio.

Want to give your input on who you think is best suited to be the next Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at the College of the Holy Cross? Email Rev. Campbell (wcampbel@holycross.edu) for more information on how to do so.

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