Br. Jack Curran

Vice President, Mission

Brother Jack Curran, FSC, Ph.D., returned to Manhattan College in October 2013 to serve as the Vice President for Mission. In this role he primarily assists the faculty and staff in their actualization and integration of the College’s Lasallian Catholic core identity in the distinctive academic and societal mission as well as the Strategic Plan.  Previously, Brother Jack served in the 1990s at Manhattan College in the Counseling Center and Residence Life Office.

 

The 2018-2019 academic year marks his 25th year working in Lasallian higher education. In addition to Manhattan College, Brother Jack has served on the executive leadership team as Vice President for Student Life at Saint Mary's College of California (1997-2003) and Vice President for Development at Bethlehem University in the Holy Land (2003-2013).

 

While at Bethlehem University as Vice President for Development, Brother Jack established the University Foundation Office in the United States and successfully led its Board of Directors in conducting the university’s first-ever capital campaign of $25 million over a 5 year timeframe. In recognition of his service to the Church and the people of the Holy Land, the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem inducted Brother Jack into the Eastern Lieutenancy in September 2013.

 

At Saint Mary's College of California as Vice President for Student Life, Brother Jack oversaw NCAA Division I athletic programs, public safety, residence life, career development, counseling and health, and other student life departments. He led the establishment of the Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action (CILSA) as a vehicle to promote service learning, especially within the academic curriculum.

 

Brother Jack received the religious habit of the De La Salle Christian Brothers in 1979 and has served as a teacher (elementary and secondary school), clinical social worker, vocation director, and higher education administrator. He earned his BA, Phi Beta Kappa, in physics and religious studies from Manhattan College. The MSW (1987) and PhD (1997) in social work from the State University of New York at Albany.

 

Brother Jack has published in the areas of Catholic school administration as well as human rights attitudes among Muslim and Christian adolescents and young adults. Additionally, Brother Jack is interested in the experience of those who embrace the Lasallian charism while professing a faith other than the Christian faith.

 

Born in Troy, New York, Brother Jack is the oldest of 7 children and a graduate of La Salle Institute in Troy where he graduated as class valedictorian and lieutenant colonel in the JROTC program. Brother Jack enjoys spending time with his octogenarian parents as well as his 15 nieces and nephews and 4 great nieces and nephews - as well as gardening.  

Education

  • Ph.D., Social Welfare, 1997, State University of New York at Albany, Albany, NY
  • The Buttimer Institute: Lasallian Education Heritage, Pedagogy, and Spirituality, Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA, 1991-1993
  • M.S.W, Social Work, 1987, State University of New York at Albany, Albany, NY
  • Lasallian and Catholic Educational, Theological and Spiritual Studies, 1981-1982, Christian Brothers Novitiate, Skaneateles, NY

  • B.A., Double Major: Physics and Religious Studies, 1980, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY

  • Publications and Scholarly Activities

    Young, Danielle M., Jeffrey J. Sable, and Jack Curran. “Exploring the Intersections: Racial Justice, our Lasallian Heritage, and the Catholic Tradition.” AXIS: Journal of Lasallian Higher Education 9, no. 2 (Institute for Lasallian Studies at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: 2018).

     

    Yancey, Nan Russell and Jack Curran. “Promoting the Lasallian Mission through Engagement in Research: A Report of the Fourth Annual International Symposium on Lasallian Research.” AXIS: Journal of Lasallian Higher Education 6, no. 3 (Institute for Lasallian Studies at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: 2015).

     

    Curran, J. (2006, December 4).  Israel Bars Gaza Residents from University [Letter to the editor].  Albany Times Union.

     

    Curran, J. (2006, December).  Israeli Troops Invade Bethlehem.  J&P Alert E-Newsletter of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men Justice and Peace Office.  Retrieved December 31, 2006 from http://www.cmsm.org/CMSM_Alert/Dec06/

     

    Curran, J. (2006, May).  Palestinian Christians and the Israeli “Separation Barrier:” Christians in Bethlehem Denied “Permission” to Practice Their Faith.  J&P Alert E-Newsletter of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men Justice and Peace Office.  Retrieved December 31, 2006 from http://www.cmsm.org/CMSM_Alert/May06/

     

    Curran, J. (2006, February 12).  U.S. Officials Shouldn’t Abandon Palestinians.  [Letter to the editor].  Albany Times Union.

     

    Curran, J. (2005, August13).  Condemn All Who Commit Terrorism, Violence.  [Letter to the editor]. Albany Times Union.

     

    Curran, J. (2004, March 3).  The Thirty Foot Wall in Bethlehem.  Message posted to the Ladah Foundation.  Retrieved December 31, 2006 from http://www.ladah.net/article73.htm

     

    Curran, J. (2004, January 14). Bishops and the Wall in Bethlehem.  Message posted to the Ladah Foundation.  Retrieved December 31, 2006 from http://www.ladah,net/article011404.htm

     

    Curran, J.  (2003, December).  The “Separation Wall” in Bethlehem.  Special Educational Program by CJME 2003 "Christmas in Bethlehem" Program sponsored by CJME, Citizens for Justice in the Middle East.  Retrieved December 31, 2006 from http://www.cjme.org/bethlehem2003.htm#curran

     

    Curran, J.  (2003, October 6).  Diary Entries: Reflection from Bethlehem. The Evangelist, The Official Publication of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany.

     

    Curran, J.  (2003, September 9).  The Violence Has to End.  Message posted to the Ladah Foundation.  Retrieved December 31, 2006 from http://www.ladah.org/article62.htm

     

    Curran, J. (1995). Assessment-Service-Training: The Many Faces of a University Peer Hotline.  New York: Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association.  ERIC Document ED. 399504.

     

    Curran, J. (1994).  “Christian Community: The Principal’s Challenge.”  In M. Ciriello (Ed.), Formation and Development of Catholic School Leaders: A Preparation Program for New and Neophyte Principals.  Volume 11: Spiritual Leadership (pp. 99-103). Washington, DC: United States Catholic Conference.