EASTON – Stonehill College’s Board of Trustees voted Friday to name the school’s current vice president for student affairs, the Rev. John Denning, its 10th president, succeeding current president, the Rev. Mark T. Cregan, who will step down at the end of June after 13 years in the job.
Denning, a Rhode Island native who graduated from LaSalle Academy in Providence, began his career at Stonehill in 2000 as director of campus ministry, moving on to vice president for mission, in which he was charged with enhancing the Catholic identity at the school. Stonehill was founded in 1948 by the Congregation of Holy Cross.
“I am honored and humbled at the opportunity to lead Stonehill,” Denning said in a prepared release. “Its mission provides each student with a learning experience that transcends the classroom for the good of the broader community and fosters a hunger to build a more just and compassionate world.”
He added that he had a “desire and passion to work on building Stonehill’s strengths and meeting the challenges that confront the college’s community of scholarship and faith.”
Denning is a trustee of King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., another institution founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross. He received a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University and his master’s of divinity from the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto. He is a candidate for a doctoral degree in higher education administration from the University of Massachusetts Boston.