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June 28, 2011

New Executive Vice President and First Ever Provost Named

St. Francis College Announce Promotions of June McGrisken ’76 and Timothy Houlihan

The summer of 2011 marks a new beginning for the way St. Francis College will support its students and alumni, with the promotion of June McGrisken, CPA ’76 to Executive Vice President and Timothy Houlihan to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The changes take effect July 1 and are accompanied by two organizational changes at the College. In her role as Vice President for Finance and Administration, McGrisken was in charge of Facilities Management, Finance, Human Resources and Institutional Research and Planning. She will now also be responsible for Admissions and Student Financial Services. When Academic Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs Houlihan becomes Provost, he will add Student Affairs and the Office of the Registrar to his portfolio.

“June’s promotion is a natural extension of her impressive career in Finance,” said St. Francis College President Brendan J. Dugan ’68. “Her previous experience heading Student Financial Services at the College and her exemplary leadership since returning to the College in December 2002 insure a smooth transition and coordination of the various departments she will now oversee.”

A major focus for Executive Vice President McGrisken will be to work with recently named Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management Services Joseph Cummings to ensure that St. Francis continues to provide a quality, accessibly priced, private college education to students from the five Boroughs and beyond.

“We created the position of Provost to better coordinate our curricular and co-curricular activities,” added President Dugan. “By combing the academic departments with areas like student activities, career development and counseling we can improve the total student experience and better manage our efforts to turn out top line graduates who will serve as role models to their communities.”

“I’m very excited to work on strengthening the collaboration between academics, student activities and the registrar,” said Vice President Houlihan. “We will now get a clearer picture of how our students interact on campus from sun up to sun down and how we can make each day better for them. We anticipate an end result of higher student retention and better relations with our alumni.”


June Carroll McGrisken, CPA ‘76
When June Carroll McGrisken, CPA graduated from St. Francis College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and as a member of Duns Scotus Honors Society, a St. Francis Alum interviewed her for her first job as an accountant at Deloitte and Touche. A few jobs and several years later, she returned to St. Francis to lead Student Financial Services. McGrisken rose through the ranks, becoming Controller, Assistant Vice President for Finance and Vice President for Finance and Administration before becoming Executive Vice President July 1.

McGrisken oversees the financial operations and budget for the College as well as Human Resources, Facilities and Institutional Research and Planning. In her new role, she will also be responsible for Admissions and Student Financial Services.

Previously McGrisken worked at Polytechnic University as Controller and Executive Director of Budgeting and Planning. She also worked at Keyspan Energy Corp. (now National Grid) where she held many positions, including Director of Financial Management and Director of Internal Audit.

McGrisken received her MBA in Finance from Fordham University.

McGrisken’s husband Ron and sister Elaine as well as sons Ryan and Daniel are all graduates of St. Francis.

Timothy J. Houlihan, Ph.D.
Timothy J. Houlihan, Ph.D. joined St. Francis College in 1999 as Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of History. He was promoted to Associate Dean, then Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean before becoming Provost on July 1. He will retain his title of Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Houlihan is currently responsible for developing new undergraduate and graduate academic programs, sustaining and invigorating existing programs and overseeing faculty development as teachers and as scholars in their respective fields. His new duties give him oversight of Office of the Registrar and Student Affairs which includes the Career Development Center, the Wellness /Counseling Center and the office of Student Activities.

Houlihan previously worked at Long Island University as Associate Director of the Academic Advisement Center. He also taught classes there in the History Department, Honors Program and graduate program in United Nations Studies as well as at the Mercy College Extension Programs.

Houlihan received Bachelor’s Degrees in History and Economics from Hamilton College. He holds a Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in American History from Binghamton University with a focus on labor history.

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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