Providence College President Retires

Father Brian Shanley, President of Providence College (PC), will retire from his post at the end of June, capping off 15 years at the helm of the private Catholic college in Rhode Island.

Throughout his tenure, Fr. Shanley developed new programs to center and prioritize students; modernized and improved digital, operational, and physical infrastructure; established the school as a leader in international learning; doubled the school’s endowment; and invested in inclusion at all stages of education. Providence College has been recognized by higher education groups for its success in alumni engagement, increasing enrollment, and welcoming diverse backgrounds and perspectives under his leadership. Through the creation of several new offices and positions, Fr. Shanley provided more resources for students academically and personally.

“Father Shanley has led his alma mater through a period of remarkable change and growth since becoming president in 2005,” the school said. “During this time, the College has built upon its proud heritage as a Catholic, liberal arts institution, sustained its commitment to its ideals, and modified both practices and facilities in ways that have enhanced its national profile and created a sustainable platform for long-term success.”

The Council congratulates Fr. Shanley for his faith- and mission-driven leadership of PC that will enable and empower students for years to come and wishes him all the best in his next endeavors. Read more about Fr. Shanley here.

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