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New President Moves into Residence Halls

New President Moves into Residence Halls

Brother John R. Paige C.S.C., Ph.D., the new President of Holy Cross College, will be moving into the residence halls to live amongst the students for the next semester. "I am the new guy around here. What better way to get to know and gain the trust of the student body then by becoming their neighbor?" said Brother John. "After having lived in Rome for the last few years, I need to catch up on what issues affect American college students, how they perceive their education at Holy Cross, and of course I'm sure I'll be brushing up on my billiards, ping pong, and learning about the music scene (unavoidably)."

In July 2004, Brother Paige was elected to a six-year term as Vicar General of the Congregation of Holy Cross and lived in the Casa Generalizia di Santa Croce in Rome, Italy. As Vicar and First General Assistant of the Congregation of Holy Cross, he directed and supervised the mission and ministry of the Holy Cross Fathers and Brothers worldwide.

Brother John has had a long and highly accomplished career in education as 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.

Brother Paige, a native of Albany, New York, earned his Bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of Notre Dame, a Master's degree in Mathematics from Wesleyan University, a Master's 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 doctoral work, Brother Paige's dissertation research focused on educational institutional development in Uganda, East Africa, where he served as Visiting Professor of Social Science at the Philosophy Centre, Jinja, and Adjunct Professor on the Faculty of Education at Makerere University. He also wrote a book about the experiences of schools and education under stress during Uganda's brutal civil war: Preserving Order Amid Chaos: The Survival of Schools in Uganda, 1971-1986 (Berghahn Books: July 2000) ISBN 157181213X