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March 25, 2022 — Here’s a roundup of recent presidential announcements at U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities.

Canisius College

Steve K. Stoute, J.D., has been named Canisius College’s 25th president. He currently serves as vice president for strategic initiatives and chief of staff at DePaul University in Chicago. Stoute will begin his tenure July 1, 2022, succeeding John J. Hurley who announced his retirement after serving 12 years as president and 25 years overall at Canisius. Learn more.

Fordham University

Tania Tetlow, J.D., current president of Loyola University New Orleans, has been named the 33rd president of Fordham University. She will be the first layperson and first woman to lead the university in its 181-year history. She will begin her tenure July 1, 2022, succeeding Fr. Joseph McShane, SJ, who has served as president of Fordham for 19 years. Learn more.

Rockhurst University

Sandra Cassady, Ph.D., has been named the 15th president of Rockhurst University, effective July 1, 2022. Cassady will will be the first woman and first lay president of Rockhurst. She is currently vice president for strategic initiatives and dean of the College of Health and Human Services at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. She will succeed Fr. Thomas B. Curran, SJ, who has served as president for 16 years. Learn more.

Santa Clara University

Julie H. Sullivan, Ph.D., current president of the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, has been named the 30th president of Santa Clara University. Sullivan will become the first layperson and first woman to serve as president of the 171-year Jesuit university. She has served as the first layperson and first woman president of the University of St. Thomas for almost nine years. She will begin at Santa Clara July 1, 2022. Learn more.

University of Detroit Mercy

Donald B. Taylor, Ph.D., has been named the University of Detroit Mercy’s 26th president. Since 2014, Taylor has served as president of Cabrini University, a private Roman Catholic university in Radnor Township, Pennsylvania. Taylor will succeed Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., who concludes his presidency on June 30, 2022, and will remain at the university to focus on research and teaching, beginning in 2023. Learn more.

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