RADNOR, Pa. (June 3, 2013) – Dr. Marie Angelella George, President of Cabrini College since July 2008, today announced her resignation. Deb Takes, Chair of the college’s Board of Trustees, will become the institution’s Interim President on July 3, 2013, while the Board undertakes a national search.
Dr. George is Cabrini’s seventh president and has set the priority of providing students a global education focusing on academic excellence, leadership development, and social justice.
She oversaw implementation of Justice Matters, the College’s groundbreaking core curriculum that engages all students in real-world, community-based problem solving. She traveled with students, faculty, staff, and trustees to Swaziland and Guatemala to explore how the College can most effectively facilitate change in these regions.
During her tenure, Cabrini College doubled the number of Living and Learning Communities to six, and developed an expanded First-Year Experience to optimize the engagement of incoming students. Under her leadership, ethnic diversity of undergraduates doubled to 20 percent.
Cabrini College led the nation with an affordability plan that reduced tuition and fees by 12.5 percent for the 2012-13 academic year, and pledged to limit future increases through May 2015.
Dr. George previously held executive leadership positions at Saint Anselm College, the University of Scranton, and Mercy Health System.
Speaking for the Board, Vice Chair Thomas P. Nerney said, “We thank Dr. George for her service to Cabrini and wish her every success in her future endeavors.”
“Deb Takes is exceptionally well acquainted with and connected to the college and all aspects of its operation, I am confident this will be a very smooth transition and the institution will continue to flourish as it moves forward,” Nerney said. “The Board of Trustees is forming a search committee to conduct a rigorous national search for Dr. George’s replacement.”
In a message to the College community, Dr. George wrote, “Working with all of you over the past five years has enriched my life and filled my heart with joy. Together, we have accomplished so much, and it is time for me to move on.” She will pursue other professional and academic interests.
Takes, former chairman and chief executive officer of First Priority Bank, holds a bachelor of science in economics from Vassar College and a master’s degree in the science of management from Rosemont College.
She served on the boards of First Priority Bank, First Priority Financial Corporation, Harleysville National Bank, and Harleysville National Corporation, and has been a member of the boards of Montgomery County Lands Trust, North Penn United Way, North Penn Valley Boys & Girls Club, and the Peter Becker Community.
Takes also leads Rosemont College’s Business Advisory Board, and received its 2009 Cresset Award. In June 2010, she was named the Woman of the Year by Montgomery County Community College for her efforts in developing a partnership program between industry and the College to train women entrepreneurs.
About Cabrini College Students do extraordinary things at Cabrini College, a residential Catholic college welcoming learners of all faiths, cultures and backgrounds. Since its founding in 1957 by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the College has provided a transformational “education of the heart,” focusing on academic excellence, leadership development, and a commitment to social justice.
Cabrini offers more than 30 majors, pre-professional programs, concentrations, and minors. The College also has graduate and professional studies programs at its main campus in Radnor, Pa., and at 14 off-site locations. The College’s serene 112-acre campus is located 30 minutes from Philadelphia. The College enrolls 1,300 undergraduates and 1,400 graduate students.