Saint Joseph’s University’s 28th President Takes Office

Mark C. Reed Ed.D. begins tenure as first lay president

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (July 1, 2015) — Mark C. Reed, Ed.D., begins his tenure as the 28th president of Saint Joseph’s University, and the first lay president in the University’s 164-year history, on July 1.

Formerly, Dr. Reed served as senior vice president and chief of staff at Fairfield University, in Fairfield, Conn.

“I am honored and humbled to be chosen as Saint Joseph’s University’s first lay president,” Reed told a crowd gathered for his announcement in April. “As a Philadelphia native, I have known and cared about Saint Joseph’s all of my life. I am deeply inspired by its Jesuit, Catholic heritage, its reputation for academic excellence, and its dedication to serving the surrounding community and the world beyond its borders. I look forward to working with the University’s outstanding faculty and staff to help fully realize its mission.”

Reed succeeds C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J. ’72, who announced last August that he would step down at the end of his three-year term.

A 1992 graduate of St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia, Reed received a B.S. in mathematics from Fairfield University in 1996, a master of education in secondary educational administration from Boston College in 1999, an MBA from Fairfield in 2002, and a doctorate of education in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008.

During his 15-year career at Fairfield and prior to his most recent position as senior vice president and chief of staff, Reed served as the institution’s interim vice president for university advancement; vice president for administration and student affairs; vice president for student affairs; associate vice president and dean of students; and dean of students. He is a past president of the Jesuit Student Affairs Association, and also taught mathematics as an adjunct faculty member at Fairfield. He recently received Fairfield’s Distinguished Faculty/Administrator Award.

Preceding his career in higher education, Dr. Reed worked as a teacher and administrator in Catholic secondary education. Reed relocated to the Philadelphia area this summer with his wife Kate, and their two young daughters.

An inauguration ceremony for Reed will be held September 18 on campus.

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Founded in 1851 in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, Saint Joseph’s University is a top-ranked Catholic University that provides a rigorous, student-centered education. With a total enrollment of 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students, SJU offers a wide array of academic programs designed so that each graduate enters the world with a competitive resume and global perspective. This is achieved through intense academic study led by thought-leading faculty scholars, a comprehensive campus experience and robust study abroad, service-learning, internship and co-op programs. Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or volunteering in prestigious service programs. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, SJU offers 20 Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. SJU alumni — over 68,000 strong — provide a powerful network that spans the globe.

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