Dr. Paul B. Hurley, Jr., Trocaire College’s fifth president, announced his retirement today, effective July 1, 2012. Hurley began his tenure in 1998 as the first lay president of the college, founded in 1958 by the Sisters of Mercy.
Under Dr. Hurley’s 14 year leadership, Trocaire College has seen enrollment grow from 560 students to almost 1,500 – a dramatic increase. He will also be remembered for the addition of the first four-year degree programs, the growth of two-year degree offerings, his financial leadership, an augmented faculty, the addition of the location for the Russell J. Salvatore School of Hospitality & Business in Lancaster, and a successful $5.2 million capital campaign.
“Paul Hurley has taken the college to new heights,” said Trocaire Board of Trustees Chair, Lisa Kirisits. “His presidency will be remembered for building on the legacy of those Sisters who came before him, while honoring their mission with zeal and action.”
Trocaire College and the Sisters of Mercy are widely respected for their emphasis on strong healthcare programs and a welcoming environment for working students seeking a life changing education.
“Our incredible faculty and staff help our students to be successful,” noted President Hurley. “Their hard work and dedication to the mission of the College and the Sisters of Mercy has always been an inspiration to me.”
Professor Mary Ann Deb, president of the College’s Faculty Senate, noted, “The faculty thanks Dr. Hurley for the support that he has provided during his tenure. The Senate looks forward to working with the Board in the search for his successor.”
Kirisits stated, “Dr. Hurley has worked diligently to lay a solid foundation for his successor to build upon. He put Trocaire College on the path of financial stability. Now our challenge is to find the right leader who can continue Trocaire’s journey of excellence in higher education. A Search Committee has been formed with the appointment of Trustee Sharon L. Hanson as Chairwoman.”
President Hurley, 66, an educator for more than 42 years, cited his desire to remain active in the community, spend time with his grandchildren, and catch up on some long delayed reading and study as primary reasons to step down.
“I am particularly grateful to my wife, Mary, who has been an integral member of the Trocaire community,” stated President Hurley. “We are honored to have provided access and outreach to so many deserving women and men. I will always cherish my memories of Trocaire and our sponsors, the Sisters of Mercy.”