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Cabrini Inaugurates Eighth President Donald B. Taylor, PhD

Posted on 10/25/2014 10:39:00 AM

Nerney and Pres Taylor

RADNOR, Pa. (Oct. 25, 2014) —Today at 1 p.m., Cabrini inaugurated its eighth—and first male—president, Donald B. Taylor, Ph.D.

Members of the Cabrini community attended the ceremony which featured remarks from students, faculty, alumni, and Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the religious sponsors of the College.

During the installation ceremony, the president outlined a roadmap for growth that supports Cabrini’s identity and distinction.

“The Cabrini name stands for excellence, innovation, service, justice, and the charism of the Missionary Sisters.” Taylor said, “… with all of the Cabrini missions and organizations, Cabrini College is the only Cabrinian institution of higher education in the entire world.”

As the first male president of Cabrini, Taylor reflected on fellow Cabrini “pioneers:” the first students who enrolled at the college 57 years ago based only on its founder and namesake. 

Taylor called for the faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and community members to join him in extending the Cabrini promise to the 21st Century student, providing the most extraordinary residential, Catholic, liberal-arts experience within the simple, yet expansive Education of the Heart that encompasses the Cabrini curriculum. 

“The economy values a college degree and employers value a liberal-arts education. Cabrini College is going to position itself to provide the best of both,” Taylor says.

Taylor serves as president of Cabrini following a 22-year career at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill., where he most recently served as provost and chief academic officer from 2008 to 2014. 

At Benedictine, he was instrumental in its growth from a small, residential, liberal-arts college of 1,000 students to a comprehensive doctoral institution of nearly 10,000 students with a commitment to cultural, racial, and religious diversity. 

He also helped to expand and diversify the university’s geographic outreach, education delivery methods, and sources of revenue. 

Taylor was active in building high-quality programs and partnerships with community colleges, professional schools, teaching hospitals, and local school districts in traditional undergraduate and graduate, adult/post-traditional students, international/global, and online education.

About Cabrini University
Founded in 1957 by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Cabrini University is a Catholic institution that empowers students to become advocates of social change through an Education of the Heart, focusing on academic excellence, community engagement, and leadership development.

Cabrini enrolls approximately 1,300 undergraduates in more than 35 majors, pre-professional programs, concentrations, and minors on its serene 112-acre campus located 30 minutes from Philadelphia. The University also enrolls 900 students in graduate, doctoral, and professional studies programs at its main campus in Radnor, PA, and at five off-campus locations.