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Student Life
July 1, 2008

Brendan J. Dugan Takes Over at St. Francis: Frank J. Macchiarola Assumes Familiar Title of Chancellor

As former Chairman and CEO of Metro New York / New Jersey Division of Sovereign Bancorp, Brendan J. Dugan '68 takes over as the 18th President of St. Francis College on July 1, his predecessor; Frank J. Macchiarola '62 is assuming a title that is familiar to him and to many around New York City, Chancellor.

"Frank wanted to stay involved with his alma mater and this was a natural fit since so many New Yorkers already have fond memories of him as New York City Schools Chancellor," said President Dugan. "Now, Frank will be able to continue to help our students, as well as cultivate the friends, families and supporters of the College."

President Dugan previously served as Chairman of the College's Board of Trustees and was instrumental in the College's $40 million Campaign for Big Dreams which resulted in the building of the Anthony J. Genovesi Athletic Center and the new eco-friendly Academic Center which houses a state-of-the-art library and stadium-seat theater. Other products of the campaign are smart classrooms with multimedia displays, an HDTV production studio, new psychology lab and Wi-Fi internet access across campus

"We're going to build on the momentum Frank established during his twelve years as President," added Mr. Dugan. "Amazing things are happening here everyday and we're going to focus on letting everyone know about each and every one. We offer a solid education, NCAA Division I athletics and access to the biggest and best companies in the world for the very reasonable price of less than $16,000 a year. To top it off, we're in Brooklyn Heights, one of the hottest neighborhoods in the country."

In May, the first class of graduate students received their Master's Degree in Accounting from the College. Every student who wanted a job in the field was offered and accepted a position, most with Big 4 accounting firms. The number of applications for the fall semester is at a record high while the number of students who receive financial aid continues to grow.

Chancellor Macchiarola served as New York City Schools Chancellor from 1978 to 1983 under Mayor Edward I. Koch. He later became Dean and Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University before becoming President at St. Francis College in 1996.

As part of Inauguration ceremonies for President Dugan, St. Francis College will be hosting an Academic Symposium on September 29, followed by a Mass on October 1 and the formal Inauguration on October 2.

St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City's five boroughs and beyond.
St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201

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