Miglorie to step down as president of College of St Joseph

first_imgAt the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees of the College of St Joseph, President Frank G Miglorie announced that he will resign at the end of the 2011-2012 fiscal year.  Miglorie came to CSJ in 1970 and served on the faculty for nine years.  He was then appointed Academic Dean, a position he held for four years.  In 1983, the board of trustees installed him as the college’s fourth president.  Miglorie was the first lay person and the first male to serve in this position at the Catholic college founded by the Sisters of St Joseph.  Now entering his twenty-eighth year as leader of the College, Miglorie is perhaps best known for his entrepreneurial spirit, expansion of the college’s programs and campus, and his conservative financial management of the college’s resources.During his tenure, Miglorie introduced a number of curricular innovations to better serve the needs of the region and the state.  Most significant among the group are: 2 accelerated bachelor degree programs for working adults, the Master of Science in Psychology with a variety of tracks leading to professional licensure, and the Master of Business Administration.  The initiative of which Miglorie is most proud is the development of the STEPS program, a special program for Vermont foster youth that enables them to secure a college education at CSJ.  This world class program is unique in New England and is one of the most innovative in the country.Over the course of Miglorie’s presidency, he has radically transformed CSJ’s campus.  He oversaw the construction of a second-story addition to St. Joseph Hall which added an additional 15,000 sq. ft. to the academic building.  He added a new athletic center, a new student center, and a new library to the campus as part of a major building campaign.  Most recently, he directed a major renovated the college’s two residence halls to improve their energy efficiency.    Finally, Miglorie negotiated the acquisition of the Clementwood estate from the Sisters of St. Joseph.  This purchase added 27 acres to the campus along with six buildings, the most notable of which is ‘Clementwood’, a mansion built by Charles Clement in 1863 which is now listed on the national historic register.  Under Miglorie’s direction Clementwood has been completely renovated and brought back to its original splendor.Under Miglorie’s leadership the college has substantially strengthened its economic base.  He has consistently operated the college with a balanced budget.  He has built an institutional advancement program that has resulted in two highly successful capital campaigns and an annual fund program that has grown over the years.  He established an endowment fund which is now approaching 5 million dollars.   The college’s long-term debt has been reduced to 2.6 million and is secured at the highly favorable rate of 2.58% for the remainder of its term.Miglorie is unique among college presidents today on two counts.  He is one of the longest seated presidents of a college in Vermont, New England, and the United States.  And, throughout his long tenure as an administrator, he has continued to teach at the undergraduate and graduate level.  On June 30, 2012, Miglorie will have served the college in various capacities for 41 years.Norman Lash, immediate past chairman of the CSJ Board of Trustees, acknowledges, ‘The College exists as it does today because of President Miglorie’s vision, hard work, and dedication.  Not only has the organization served its alumni well, but it is also become one of the area’s largest employers and an integral part of the Rutland community.  The next president will indeed have huge shoes to fill.  During my tenure as chairman of the board of trustees, it has been an absolute pleasure and learning experience working with Frank.  To say that he will be missed is indeed an understatement.’John ‘Jack’ Facey, new chairman of the CSJ Board of Trustees has announced that a presidential search committee will be formed in the near future.  The college will launch a national search to find Miglorie’s successor with a goal of installing a new president by the end of June 2012. www.csj.edu(link is external)last_img

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