Stonehill College provost Favazza appointed president at Saint Anselm

EASTON – Joseph A. Favazza, Stonehill College provost and vice president for academic affairs, is leaving the school to become president of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., Saint Anselm announced Friday.

Favazza, who had been in his position at Stonehill since 2012, will start at Saint Anselm on July 15, replacing Steven R. DiSalvo, who is becoming president of Endicott College in Beverly, Mass.

Stonehill College did not immediately respond to a phone call seeking comment.

“We have found in Dr. Favazza a president who will strengthen our Benedictine spirit as we move forward, to ensure that our college and our students reach their fullest potential in the lifelong pursuit of truth, personal growth and service,” Ann M. Catino, Saint Anselm board of trustees chairwoman, said in a news release. “He understands and embraces the enduring value of a liberal arts education and our traditional core, and recognizes the need to prepare students for pre-professional programs and to instill the values of life-long learning and service to others.”

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Saint Anselm cited Favazza’s role in restructuring Stonehill’s academic program into two schools, the Thomas and Donna May School of Arts & Sciences and the Leo J. Meehan School of Business, as well as to developing and launching targeted graduate programs.

Saint Anselm said Favazza previously had served as Stonehill dean of general education, overseeing a new core curriculum and interdisciplinary programs, and as associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty.

A native of Memphis, Tenn., Favazza also had been an associate professor of religious studies and director of the Search for Values Program for Interdisciplinary Humanities at Rhodes College in Memphis.

“My wife, Paddy, and I are excited to be welcomed into the Saint Anselm community which has already shown us its legendary hospitality and community,” Favazza said in a news release. “The Catholic and Benedictine mission of Saint Anselm College has drawn me to this opportunity and it resonates strongly with my experience as a faculty member and an academic leader at Rhodes College and Stonehill College.

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