President Elected to ACCU’s Board of Directors

Brennan O’Donnell elected to Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities Board of Directors.

Brennan O’Donnell, president of Manhattan College, was recently elected to the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities Board of Directors. O’Donnell was elected along with five presidents of member institutions at its Annual Meeting earlier this month in Washington, D.C.

ACCU’s Board oversees the work of the association to encourage and facilitate the sharing of ideas and cooperative efforts among its member institutions, and to promote the positive work being done at its member colleges and universities. The terms of the new presidents begin immediately and run until 2017.

“We are delighted to have these Catholic college and university leaders on our Board,” said Michael Galligan-Stierle, Ph.D., president and CEO of ACCU. “They bring insight, experience and wisdom that will help the association advance its programs and services. I look forward to working with all of the members, new and returning, as we continue to proclaim the good news of Catholic higher education.”

The Board also announced the selection of a new class of three officers, who began terms at the close of the 2014 member business meeting.

“The ACCU plays a vital role in keeping Catholic higher education strong and vibrant,” said Brennan O’Donnell, president of Manhattan College. “I am honored to do my part by serving on the Board.” 

O’Donnell is the 19th president of Manhattan College and assumed the role on July 1, 2009. Prior to working at Manhattan College, he served as dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill, Fordham University’s oldest and largest school. O’Donnell also spent 17 years at Loyola University Maryland, where he was a professor of English and, from 1999-2004, director of the university-wide honors program.