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 2017-2018 academic year marks his 24th 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 and Vice President for Development at Bethlehem University in the Holy Land.
While at Bethlehem University as Vice President for Development (2003-2013), Brother Jack established a 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 5 years. 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 (1997-2003), 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 and PhD 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.
B.A. in physics and religious studies, Manhattan College
M.S.W. in social work and social policy, University of Albany
Ph.D. in social work and social policy, University of Albany